Samm Newton


Advisor: Gregg Mitman
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Samm Newton


My work aims to pair marine humanities scholarship with creative practice. I earned an M.A. from Oregon State University (OSU) through the Environmental Arts and Humanities initiative. As an NSF fellow there, I also minored in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification and Communication in Marine Systems. My interdisciplinary thesis explored the role of marine science and technology in how humans think and and make decisions about the ocean in two areas: fisheries regulation and ocean acidification. During my time at OSU I also began a project through the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative with scientists from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and engineers from the University of South Florida. Two years later, that work continues through NSF funding and I am excited to be working with them again on a children’s book about pteropods, interdisciplinarity, and how we ask questions about the world.

I have always desired to more deeply understand the interface between humans and marine systems and the processes that connect them. The intention behind both my creative and scholarly practice is to inspire others to see the oceans with a reinvigorated intensity, and deeper sense of history and place. I plan to continue looking at the intersection between marine systems, environmental science, and coastal communities while at UW-Madison by studying offshore mapping, leasing, drilling and petrochemical culture in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazilian Atlantic.


M.A., Oregon State University
B.S., Texas State University


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Selected Awards

  • 2022 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Courses Taught as TA

  • HIST/ENVIR ST/HIST SCI 125 – Green Screen: Environmental Perspectives Through Film