Samantha Dasawat

Graduate Research Assistant
Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Edisto Research and Education Center

Office: Edisto Research and Education Center
Phone: 513-255-2932


 Educational Background

M.S. In Progress Plant Pathology
Clemson University 2023

B.S. Botany, Minor in Horticulture
Miami University 2020


Samantha is a MS student working under the advisory of Dr. Daniel Anco focusing on understanding and hopefully improving South Carolina peanut production. The Ohio native is an alumni of 4H and FFA, and actively volunteers with both organizations. She currently serves as the President for the American Peanut Research and Education Society's graduate student organization, and also as the Edisto REC Representative to the Plant and Environmental Science's Departments GSA.

Samantha has completed summer internships in south Georgia with two well known companies, a horticulture internship with Monrovia Growers and a field research internship at Corteva Agriscience. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in a conservatory where she maintained a collection of exotic plants from around the world. She graduated in May, 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Botany with a minor in Horticulture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Samantha was awarded a Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America in 2020, which recognizes the top 25 most outstanding graduating seniors in plant biology.

After graduation, Samantha served as a Utility and Urban Forestry Intern for a year. In this position, she assisted with pollinator health, tree biomechanics, and tree transplant shock studies.

 Research Interests

Samantha's current research interests are peanut production and peanut pathology. She is studying the comparative effects of prohexadione calcium growth regulator and row type on peanuts. She is also surveying SC peanut producers to gain geographical agronomic insights.

 Extension and Outreach

Samantha is conducting a survey of peanut producers in South Carolina. This can be found below.


Peanut Production Survey
APRES Poster