I originally hail from Southern California. I graduated from Rialto High School in 2001. From there, I moved to the MidWest to attend The Ohio State University in the Fall of 2001. While there, I bounced from major to major, trying to find myself. I originally planned to be a Music Education major as I my dream since middle school was to be a Music Teacher! Unfortunately Music Theory courses changed all of that. As a result, I had brief stints in Business, Spanish, and Music (again). Finally, in the end of my Sophomore year, I discovered Meteorology as a field -- and at Ohio State, it was housed in the Department of Geography. I remained in Geography until earning a B.S. in the Spring of 2006.

I loved the work being done in Geography at Ohio State that I decided to stay there for my Masters program. I was inspired and impressed by the work my soon-to-be adviser, Dr. Jason Box, was doing over at (then-named) Byrd Polar Research Center and began to work with him. My work looked at the spatial patterns associated with the development of supraglacial melt lakes using remote sensing imagery - primarily MODIS. I graduated in the Winter Quarter 2009 with my M.Sc. and knew I wanted to continue on to academia.

I began my Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2009 at The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Geography. After a few challenging years, I became advised by two wonderful and brilliant men -- Dr. Andrew Carleton (in Geography) and Dr. Richard Alley (in Geosciences). Although not formal, I learned A LOT from the folks at the Pennsylvania Ice and Climate Exploration Group, or PSICE. They provided the academic rigor that allowed my mind to wander and think critically about the work I was doing. I continued the work I was doing on supraglacial melt lakes, but at higher resolution (Landsat-7) and their relationships with the environment. My dissertation is titled: Mapping Greenland Supraglacial Melt Lakes and the Role of Local- and Synoptic-scale Climates in their Variations. I finally completed my PhD work and successfully defended in the Summer of 2014; ultimately graduating in Spring 2015. 

If it were not for the inspiration that my advisers, committee members, colleagues, cohort, and Departments, I would not have been able to reach this milestone -- thank you to all who have contributed to this success!

In the Spring of 2013, I was offered a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geography (sensing a theme here?) at Bucknell University. This was a wonderful department to work in, and I am grateful for this opportunity. There, I taught: 

  • Landforms of the World
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Human Impacts on the Environment
  • Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
After my year at Bucknell, I was offered the perfect job! A tenure-track position in Central Ohio at a small, liberal arts institution. I began at Ohio Wesleyan University in the Department of Geology and Geography in the Fall of 2014. Additionally, I am a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program, a great interdisciplinary program at the University. Here, I teach: 

  • Physical Geography (F/S) -- including an Honors section
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment (S)
  • Environmental Alteration (F)
  • Weather, Climate, and Climate Change (S)
  • Energy Resources (F)
  • UC 160 (F)

I am also in the works to develop new and exciting courses at the University, that we believe will greatly contribute to the curriculum and will also prepare students for the competitive world that lays ahead. If you are interested in this field at OWU, please contact me (nsamador@owu.edu). If there is information that you think I can incorporate into my courses, feel free to contribute your ideas!