Welcome to the lab, Samantha Mertens! Sam recently joined SENR as a PhD student all the way from San Diego, CA where she graduated from Cal State San Marcos with her MS in psychology. Her work focuses on applying social influence approaches to the design, implementation, and evaluation of residential recycling. She has a wealth of field research experience, having worked on projects in a variety of pro-environmental domains, such as water, energy, and zoo-based conservation. When not pursuing her scholarly interests, Sam enjoys visiting zoos, aquariums, and museums, and hiking. She is working on the Empowering consumers to increase recycling project. We are delighted to have you, Sam!