Weed Science Director and Certified Lake Professional
Sam Sardes is a Weed Science Director and Certified Lake Management professional who oversees SOLitude’s three Florida laboratories. She focuses on conducting research and helping the company identify innovative, environmentally-sound methods to enhance the management of lakes, ponds and preserves. In addition to Sam’s primary responsibilities, she takes part in cooperative research alliances with Florida universities and associated corporate researchers.
Sam has many distinctions, certifications and licenses: Green Industries Best Management Practices certification (GI-BMP), Advanced mosquito identification certification for both adults and larva -UF, Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) (F.S. Chapter 487) license with 6 categories: Aquatic, Right of Way, Natural Areas, Turf and Ornamental, Demonstration and Research, and Forestry – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
A native south Floridian, Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Florida. Her Master’s thesis investigated interactions between biocontrol insects and herbicides for a more integrated and sustainable approach to aquatic weed management. She still assists in the University of Florida (UF) Aquatic Weed Control Short Course annually, has maintained the teaching plant collection for the UF Aquatic Weed Control Short Course, and has collaborated with USDA on research projects. Prior to joining the SOLitude team, she served as the Student Director for the Aquatic Plant Management Society 2016-2017. She is the current chair of the Student Affairs Committee for this organization.
Project Manager, Aquatic Biologist