Volunteers Community Partners

Sam Beck-Andersen

Sam Beck-Andersen

AIS Watercraft Steward Project Manager

E-mail: beck-andersen@hws.edu

Sam Beck-Andersen is the full-time manager of the FLI’s Watercraft Steward Program. In addition to the full-time management of the stewards, Sam also provides training and assistance to lake associations and other groups that wish to initiate and conduct watercraft steward programs on their own. Sam’s first position at the FLI was as the seasonal AIS Watercraft Steward Coordinator where he directly worked with 15 watercraft stewards throughout the 2016 boating season. Watercraft stewards provide outreach and education about invasive species and collect data on the use of various boat launches across the Finger Lakes.

Sam graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, NY in 2014 with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management with a focus on Recreation Management. Sam returned to SUNY ESF in 2015 and graduated in 2016 with an M.P.S. in Economics, Governance, and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Management. With a focus on human dimensions and management, as well as an appreciation for the Finger Lakes that goes back to his infancy, Sam is right at home working with our team of boat stewards to protect our waterways from the threat of aquatic invasive species.