Pitzer Spotlights

2007-2008 Spotlight Archives

Sam Scott '09: Science Research at the Firestone Center in Costa Rica

Sam Scott
Sam Scott '09 gives a poster presentation of his research on stream flow and erosion rates at the conference of the Council for International Educational Exchange in Toronto, Canada.

Sam Scott's independent study project at Pitzer College's Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology Reserve and Field Station in Costa Rica focused on stream flow and erosion rates during heavy rainstorms. He estimates that the amount of soil erosion is 100 to 200 times greater than normal during heavy storms. Researching the order of magnitude as to how much soil is loss each year, Sam's research will provide baseline data for a possible hydroelectric project in the future.

"I gained an extensive amount of experience during my two months (July and August) in Costa Rica. I also had the opportunity to get to know members of the Joint Science faculty better including Katie Purvis-Roberts, Don McFarlane and Diane Thompson," he said.

At the end of 2007, Sam was selected as one of five fellows and invited to give a poster presentation on his research at the conference of the Council for International Educational Exchange in Toronto, Canada. Here, he was one of ten undergraduate to discuss his research with conference attendees.

Sam's activities at Pitzer include the Ultimate Frisbee Team, OTL (On the Loose, a Claremont Colleges' student organization that focuses on the outdoors and trips to the desert, Yosemite, etc.). He also is part of a rock music group and plays classical piano. Home is Fairfield, Connecticut, so he enjoys living in Claremont due to its proximity to the beaches and mountains as well as cultural activities in and around Los Angeles.