Zachary T. Sampson - Environment Reporter

Environment Reporter

I grew up in Rhode Island, on a bay similar to Tampa's. I'm fascinated by where we're from — how places shape us and we shape them. In Florida, our life turns on nature, from the gulf to rivers and flatwoods and swamps. I want my coverage to be just as expansive. Do you have a place to show me or a story to tell? Reach out. I'm friendlier than my face suggests. We can also talk about baseball, but it might be hard to get me to stop.

  1. Black skimmers fly over the water while looking for food in June by Indian Shores.
  2. A fish kill from Red Tide dries on the shore of Pass-a-Grille on Saturday.
  3. A sign warns about Red Tide at Indian Rocks Beach on Thursday.
  4. Dead fish fill the end of a canal along Snell Isle on July 16 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Tyler Tucker, left, works with his father, Toliver Tucker, to release nets full of dead fish onto the deck of the shrimp boat, Southbound, while Toliver's wife, Jessica Tucker, navigates the Intracoastal Waterway off Treasure Island on Thursday.
  6. Workers from the city of St. Petersburg use a turbidity boom to corral dead fish as they float near the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina on July 16.
  7. Dead fish fill the end of a canal July 16 near the Sell Isle Marina in St. Petersburg. Red Tide continues to poison hundreds of tons of marine life in Tampa Bay and in the gulf.
  8. A driver speeds through a flooded street along Venetian Boulevard NE in the Shore Acres area of St. Petersburg in December 2018. Sunny day flooding could go from an occasional nuisance to a regular problem in the city, according to a new study. It projects that St. Petersburg might see inundation at high tide more than 60 times a year in the coming decades.
  9. St. Petersburg city employees clean up a fish kill in Coffeepot Bayou as the Red Tide crisis continues in Tampa Bay.
  10. A pile of dead fish gathered on the bow of a boat June 17 as crews use hand nets in the intracoastal waters between Clearwater and Dunedin to remove dead fish poisoned by Red Tide.
  11. City employees work together to remove a dead goliath grouper from the waters at Crisp Park Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  12. Dead fish are visible in the water at North Shore Park on Friday in St. Petersburg. The Sunshine City has become the epicenter of Tampa Bay's ongoing Red Tide crisis, and no one can say when it will get better.
  13. Black skimmer chicks scurry among several adult birds inside a colony at Indian Shores.
  14. Salvatore Cuccia, 21, of Clearwater, waits as a front loader picks up a bag of dead fish Thursday in Dunedin. Pinellas County had small boats retrieving dead fish in Dunedin and around Clearwater Harbor Thursday. The fish kill is attributed to the recent Red Tide bloom.
  15. Dead fish lie on the sand at Indian Shores on Thursday.
  16. Dead fish lie on the sand at Indian Shores Beach in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
  17. Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company, left, Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor Mark Katches, reporters Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi, and former Deputy Editor of Investigations Adam Playford watch as McGrory and Bedi are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting on Friday, June 11, 2021, for their groundbreaking series about a Pasco County law enforcement initiative that harassed local residents. This is the 13th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
  18. A dead fish is seen on the beach at Indian Shores after reports that Red Tide was found in water samples taken along the Pinellas County coast, according to state officials.
  19. Owner Brian Rosegger pulls himself and his boat closer to a line of floating bags to harvest oysters at the Lost Coast Oyster Company farm in Tampa Bay in August 2020.
  20. Port Manatee, as seen from Piney Point Road, near where polluted water was discharged earlier this spring.
  21. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein will step down as the state's top environmental official on June 4.
  22. Seasonal algae floats in the water off Port Manatee last month.
  23. Kali Rabaut is a founder of Suncoast Compost. [Courtesy of Kali Rabaut]