Meet our STEM Promotores

STEM Promotores are graduate students who work with the  El Centro Académico Cultural and INRSEP+ to mentor undergraduates interested in natural resources sciences, connecting them to information about how to find and secure extracurricular research opportunities in STEM.

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Laura Echávez

Laura Echávez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Although she didn’t have the opportunity to get outdoors growing up, she found her love for the natural world and wildlife while completing her BS in Animal Science at Cornell University. After undergrad, she spent a few years working wildlife jobs across the Western US, mostly with birds of prey, until she arrived at Humboldt State University. Laura enjoys mixing her love for the outdoors and science through birding and her binoculars are always handy in case of cool bird sightings. Aside from that, Laura also enjoys playing board games with her fiancé and rock climbing.

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Samantha Chávez

Samantha Chávez grew up near Los Angeles and family camping trips in the summer fed her love of forests and wildlife. After community college, she was introduced to birding at UC Santa Cruz where she earned her B.S. in Ecology. After undergrad she picked up various jobs in the wildlife field mostly doing Spotted Owl surveying in the Southern Sierras near Fresno and briefly as a Delta Smelt surveyor on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Her time in the Central Valley stirred a fascination for the intersections between agriculture and conservation. She joined HSU in Fall 2020 where she will be studying owls in winegrape vineyards. Samantha enjoys birding, camping, reading, and cats.