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Samantha Sandwick, DVM

Rotating Veterinarian

I am originally from Albany, New York, but I did my undergraduate work at Brown University in Rhode Island, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Geochemistry and completed a senior thesis on climate cycles in the Pacific Ocean. Right after college, I moved to Ithaca, New York to attend Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. I had a great time living in Ithaca and enjoyed hiking the gorges. Outside of class, I was involved in research studying canine aging and a project examining electrolyte balance in racing sled dogs – the latter work took me to Alaska twice to two different sled dog races northeast of Fairbanks!

In my free time, I love to cook, hike, swim, and snuggle with my cat Zoey. Having spent most of my life in the northeast, I am very excited to experience life in DC, but I am most excited to join everyone at FHA for my internship!


  • Brown University, A.B. Geology-Chemistry
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

Publications and Research:

  • Cheung, A. H., Sandwick, S. K., Du, X., Abella-Gutiérrez, J., Vachula, R., Herbert, T., Fox-Kemper, B., Herguera, J. C. “Middle to Late Holocene Sea Surface Temperature and Productivity Changes in the Northeast Pacific.” Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. 2022;37(11).
  • Cheung, A. H., Vachula, R. S., Clifton, E., Sandwick, S. K., and Russell, J. M. “Humans Dominated Biomass Burning Variability in Equatorial Asia Over the Past 200 Years: Evidence from a Lake Sediment Charcoal Record.” Quaternary Science Reviews. 2021;253(106778).
  • O’Mara, N.A., Cheung, A. H., Kelly, C. S., Sandwick, S. K., Herbert, T. D., Russell, J. M., Abella-Gutierrez, J., Dee, S. G., Swarzenski, P. W., and Herguera, J. C. “Subtropical Pacific Ocean Temperature Fluctuations in the Common Era: Multidecadal Variability and Its Relationship with Southwestern North American Megadroughts.” Geophysical Research Letters. 2019;46(24).

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