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. Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach has burned both coal and natural gas to create electricity in Tampa Bay. Both processes release greenhouse gasses that cause global warming.
  2. A Florida scientist holds up a live giant African land snail in a lab in 2014.
  3. Una mosca oriental de la fruta en un parque en Manila, Filipinas, en mayo de 2021.
  4. An oriental fruit fly rests on a leaf at a park in the Philippines in May 2021.
  5. People arrive at Mexico Beach on Thursday, June 2, 2022, where one of its landmarks, the iconic Driftwood Inn, background, was reopened 3.5 years after it was destroyed when Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach on Oct. 10, 2018.
  6. Construction crews elevate a portion of Interstate 4 in Polk County to create a wildlife crossing so animals can safely cross beneath the interstate. The project redesigned I-4 where it meets State Road 557 in Polk County. The highway carries more than 100,000 vehicles a day and acts as a deadly barrier that stops animals from traveling north or south.
  7. A manatee surfaces for air while feeding near Seven Sisters Springs on the Chassahowitzka River in early May.
  8. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are pictured by the lake in John S. Taylor Park, where a man was found dead Tuesday morning. Police believe he may have been wading into the water to retrieve lost flying discs. Investigators are still trying to determine whether he was bitten by an alligator.
  9. Sara Seu, al frente a la izquierda, y su esposo Jesse Seu,comienzan a limpiar después de las inundaciones de la tormenta tropical Eta que azotó con fuerza partes de Shore Acres, inel martes 17 de noviembre de 2020 en St Petersburg.
  10. A motorist is seen attempting to drive on a flooded Bayshore Blvd as Tropical Storm Eta sends torrential downpours, storm surge flooding and wind across the Tampa Bay Area on November 12, 2020.
  11. University of South Florida undergraduate students, from left, Peyton Lebron, Matt McNamee and Spencer Manuel helped drop ocean circulation sensors into Tampa Bay during a research cruise aboard the R/V W.T. Hogarth.
  12. Flooded furniture and personal belongings of Diane Carr, 59, lie in her yard the morning after Tropical Storm Eta at the Twin City Manufactured Home Community in St. Petersburg. Eta flooded thousands of properties in Pinellas County in November 2020.
  13. A sheen is seen on the water near Demens Landing on May 2 in St. Petersburg.
  14. Los reporteros del Tampa Bay Times Corey G. Johnson, derecha, Rebecca Woolington, centro, y Eli Murray, izquierda, son anunciados como los ganadores del Premio Pulitzer por reportajes de investigación el lunes. La serie ganadora, “Envenenados”, expuso los peligros de la única fundición de plomo de Florida. Esto marcó el 14º Premio Pulitzer otorgado al Times.
  15. Tampa Bay Times reporters Eli Murray, left, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Corey G. Johnson, right, are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday. The winning series, "Poisoned,"  exposed dangers at Florida’s only lead smelter. This marked the 14th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
  16. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Thursday that the state reached a settlement with Walgreens for $683 million. She made the announcement from her Tampa office.
  17. Eugenie Clark is seen with a shark on a new U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp.
  18. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office filed suit in mid-April in Hillsborough circuit court. The complaint lists several places around Florida where firefighting foams were used, including the Hillsborough Community College Fire Academy at 5610 E Columbus Drive in Tampa. Moody, left, speaks at a news conference last year in Polk County alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  19. A shimmery substance discolors the water off downtown St. Petersburg and flows with the current heading south past Demens Landing Park on Monday.
  20. Florida wildlife officials this winter fed manatees lettuce in an effort to keep them from starving in the Indian River Lagoon. The state is poised to spend more than $30 million on work to rescue the iconic animals and restore the habitats where they live.
  21. A bald eagle flies after being released in August 2018 at Upper Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County.
  22. Tampa Bay is visible from a phosphogypsum stack at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant property, with downtown St. Petersburg in the background. About 215 million gallons of polluted water from the site were released into Tampa Bay last year.
  23. The mayors of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and Tampa talk about plans to prepare the Tampa Bay region for climate change during the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Leadership Summit on Wednesday.

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