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Sara Samoray, Project Scientist


Sara Samoray, M.S., is a biologist with experience consulting since 2005. Her fields of practice include
habitat assessments, capture, and acoustic monitoring of threatened and endangered bats; raptor and bald
eagle nest surveys; herpetological survey and anuran call counts; vegetation surveys and Invasive Pest
Plant removal; wetland delineations; Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; preparation of reports, and
geographic information systems (GIS) analyses. She has conducted rare species surveys for a range of
prospective and existing clients, including corporate, not-for-profit, and governmental clients.

Mrs. Samoray has conducted work throughout the eastern United States on linear, energy, and
conservation projects. Her research with bats has led to publication of journal articles and reports as well
as presentations at professional meetings.



  • 2015- Present – Project Scientist, BDY Environmental, Nashville, TN
  • 2013-2015 – Field Biologist, Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Paint Lick, KY
  • 2010-2013 – Research Assistant, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 2008-2010 – Field Biologist, BHE Environmental/ESI, Inc., Cincinnati, OH


  • BS, Middle Tennessee State University, Botany
  • MS, Auburn University, Zoology


  • Wetland Delineation and Management Training
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 Health and Safety Training (40 hours)
  • Techniques and Identification: Bat Acoustic Course and NABAT
  • Anabat Acoustic Techniques Course
  • National Cave Gating Workshop


  • Southeastern Bat Diversity Network
  • Tennessee Bat Working Group


  • Gardner, S. E. 2008. Habitat Associations among bats on Redstone Arsenal. M.S. Thesis, Auburn University, 91p.
  • Elliott, W. R., S. T. Samoray, S. E. Gardner, and J. E. Kaufmann. 2006. Counting bats with infrared video. Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Science: Science Notes, 1:1-2.
  • Elliott, W. R., S. T. Samoray, S. E. Gardner, and T. Aley. 2005. Tumbling Creek Cave: an ongoing conservation and restoration partnership. American Caves, 19:8-13.
  • Habitat Associations of Bats on Redstone Arsenal, Madison County, Alabama, Using Mist Net Surveys.  Sara E. Gardner* and Troy L. Best.  Joint Meeting of the Northeastern Bat Working Group, Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, and the Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States, February 2008 in Blacksburg, VA.
  • Assessment of Ecological Associations of Bats in Northern Alabama.  Sara E. Gardner, Troy L. Best*, Charles H. Kilgore, and Lisa A. McWilliams.  North American Symposium on Bat Research, October 2006 in Wilmington, NC.
  • Estimates of Size of Colonies of Gray Bats (Myotis grisescens) at Tumbling Creek Cave, Taney Co., Missouri.  Sara E. Gardner*, Stephen T. Samoray, William R. Elliott, and James E. Kaufmann.  The Annual Meeting of Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, February 2006 in Chattanooga, TN.
  • Seasonal Movements of a Gray Bat Maternity Colony in Tumbling Creek Cave, Taney County Missouri.  Sara E. Gardner* and Stephen T. Samoray.  Missouri Natural Resources Conference, February 2005 in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.