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. Judge Kevin Carroll, of Leon County, presided over a hearing by video conference Monday in a lawsuit over climate change brought by eight children against state officials. [Screenshot from Zoom]
  2. Five-year-old Michael Veteri stands in the intersection of N 22nd street at East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where the road remained closed as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. Protesters gather outside of the St. Petersburg Police Department, Sunday, May 31, 2020 to protest the death of  George Floyd in Minneapolis. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
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  5. Protesters and local law enforcement clash at the University Mall Saturday in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  6. A patient is transported by ambulance from the long-term care campus of Freedom Square in Seminole last month. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. 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]
  8. People walk around Sparkman Wharf in Tampa on Memorial Day. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. People stroll through Sparkman Wharf in Tampa Bay on Memorial Day. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  13. 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]
  15. 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]
  16. 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]
  17. 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]
  18. 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)]
  19. 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]
  20. 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]
  21. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor named Whit Remer, pictured, as the city's first sustainability and resilience officer Tuesday. [City of Tampa]
  22. Aerial view of an empty Clearwater Beach due to COVID-19 closures pictured on April 10. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  23. Eleanor June Schueneman, left, in an undated photo with her son, William. [Sandra McKinley]