Samantha Larson (@samantson) is a freelance journalist based in Seattle who covers science, the environment and adventure. She received a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University’s program in Earth Systems, with emphases in ocean sciences and environmental journalism. During that time, she also got her hands dirty with field work in Chilean Patagonia, the Peruvian Amazon and the Tropical Pacific.
In addition to her journalism work, she is an avid climber, runner and travel junkie. Larson was once the youngest person to have climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent), which she completed in 2007 at age 18. Larson has given talks about what it's like to be a teenage mountaineer to audiences such as Maria Shriver's Conference on Women, Science Online Teen and TEDx Midwest youth.