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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. Feeding Tampa Bay volunteers carry boxes of food into waiting cars during a mega-pantry drive-through operation at the State College of Florida on Tuesday. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  2. People walk around Sparkman Wharf in Tampa on Memorial Day. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  3. Sandhill cranes in an area of the Green Swamp in Polk County that is similar to a tract preserved Thursday under the Florida Forever program. [Photo courtesy Doug DeNeve]
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  5. Left to right: Isaac Augspurg, 14; Levi Draheim, 12; Delaney Reynolds, 20; Valholly Frank, 17. They are part of a lawsuit challenging Florida leaders over climate policy. [Mary Ellen Klas | Times/Herald]
  6. Eric Carrasquillo, 35, the general manager of Butter's Burgers, 777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, on Tuesday. Butter's Burgers bar and restaurant opened March 13th, just days before it would be forced to close because of the pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. People stroll through Sparkman Wharf in Tampa Bay on Memorial Day. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. People stroll the boardwalk at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach on Memorial Day. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
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Esta ilustración proporcionada por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades en enero de 2020 muestra el nuevo coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV). Este virus fue identificado como la causa de un brote de enfermedad respiratoria detectado por primera vez en Wuhan, China. (Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades a través de AP) [AP]
  10. New signage greets reminds guests of the new rules as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa re-opens to the public for the first time since March 20 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  11. David Eliasson, 48, Tampa, owner of Snack Attack Vending, has seen his sales shrink 50 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. He services 250 accounts around Tampa Bay. He poses at home May 19, 2020, with his van that carries his inventory snacks and drinks [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  12. Former CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay president and CEO Edward Peachey led both public job centers until a series of Tampa Bay Times investigations exposed improper spending of more than $17 million in public money in 2018. Multiple federal investigations are ongoing.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  13. An alligator, bottom, and a great blue heron are seen along the banks of the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Lithia in 2018. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2018)]
  14. A University of Florida researcher has been searching the Lake Wales Ridge for the blue calamintha bee, a species scientists say is unique to one section of Florida. [Chase Kimmel/University of Florida]
  15. Boats lay sunk and damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina in the Florida Panhandle as Hurricane Michael made landfall in October 2018. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor named Whit Remer, pictured, as the city's first sustainability and resilience officer Tuesday. [City of Tampa]
  17. Aerial view of an empty Clearwater Beach due to COVID-19 closures pictured on April 10. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  18. Eleanor June Schueneman, left, in an undated photo with her son, William. [Sandra McKinley]
  19. NASA tracked nitrogen dioxide levels above Florida for a month during the coronavirus pandemic. [NASA'S SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION STUDIO  |  NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio]
  20. Health care workers work near one of the entrances to the Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Services building at Freedom Square on Friday, April 24, 2020, in Seminole. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  21. Joe Widlansky of St. Petersburg patrols St. Pete Beach for sea turtle nests on Friday. The beaches are reopening right in time for the start of sea turtle nesting season in Pinellas County. That means the benefit of empty beaches, without obstructions or confusing lights, will be over too soon to help the turtles. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  22. Sprinklers run as the sun rises on a strawberry field in Plant City in 2018. [TAMPA BAY TIMES ARCHIVE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  23. Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17 in Seminole. About 30 patients and staff members at a Pinellas County nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus, county officials said. Several patients from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion have been transferred to local hospitals, Assistant County Administrator Lourdes Benedict told the Tampa Bay Times. Other residents of the facility will be tested, officials said, and the grounds are being cleaned. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  24. Redington Beach is one town scientists say could see flooding from sea level rise this century. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]