Samantha has a PhD in marine biology from James Cook University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra. Samantha’s PhD examined the effects of fishing and Marine Protected Areas on the reproductive demography of coral trout along the Great Barrier Reef. Samantha is currently a consultant with 18 years experience in training a range of biological, scientific and analytical principles. Before becoming a consultant, Samantha worked as a research scientist for the CRC Effects of Line Fishing Project, Fisheries center, the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman and the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Queenscliff, Victoria. Samantha has also worked as a biological illustrator for scientific publications and Queensland Department of National Parks.
Samantha’s research interests include the reproductive biology of fishes, fisheries and marine conservation ecology. Samantha has worked on the reproductive ecology of a range of harvested species in Australia and in the Pacific. The results of Samantha’s PhD project directly translated into the sustainable management of coral trout populations, including changes to the minim legal size. Samantha has also worked on the effects of mussel farms and marine introduced pests on the biodiversity of Port Philip bay benthic communities.
- Heupel, Michelle R., Williams, Ashley, Welch, David J., Davies, Campbell R., Adams, Samantha, Carlos, Gary, and Mapstone, Bruce D. (2010) Demography of a large exploited grouper, Plectropomus laevis: implications for fisheries management. Marine and Freshwater Research, 61 (2). pp. 184-195.
- Hamilton, R.J., Adams, S., and Choat, J.H. (2008) Sexual development and reproductive demography of the green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in the Solomon Islands. Coral Reefs, 27 (1). pp. 153-163.
- Begg, Gavin A., Mapstone, Bruce D., Williams, Ashley J., Adams, Samantha, Davies, Campbell R., and Lou, Dong C. (2005) Multivariate life-history indices of exploited coral reef fish populations used to measure the performance of no-take zones in a marine protected area. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 62 (3). pp. 679-692.
- Williams AJ, Welch DJ, Muldoon G, Marriott R, Kritzer JP and Adams S. (2003) Bridging the gap: a workshop linking student research with fisheries stakeholders. Report prepared on behalf of the CRC Reef Research Centre, Townsville. QLD.
- Adams, S. (2003) Morphological ontogeny of the gonad of three plectropomid species through sex differentiation and transition. Journal of Fish Biology, 63 (1). pp. 22-36
- Adams, S., and Williams, A.J. (2001) A preliminary test of the transitional growth spurt hypothesis using the protogynous coral trout Plectropomus maculatus. Journal of Fish Biology, 59 (1). pp. 183-185
- Adams, S., Mapstone, B.D., Russ, G.R., and Davies, C.R. (2000) Geographic variation in the sex ratio, sex specific size, and age structure of Plectropomus leopardus (Serranidae) between reefs open and closed to fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 57 (7). pp. 1448-145.