Samantha Morales Johnson
Samantha Morales Johnson (she/her) is an Afro-indigenous (Gabrielino/Tongva) multidisciplinary artist, environmental scientist, and learning ethnobotanist. She received her B.S. in marine biology before attending graduate school for her certificate in science illustration. Samantha has worked with institutions like Pitzer college creating illustrated educational material for 4th and 5th grade environmental science curriculum aligning with California science standards and traditional Indigenous environmental knowledge. She has also created material around and speaks often on the campaign Protect White Sage, a social media initiative hoping to bring awareness to wild white sage poaching in the incense and spirituality movement. She focuses on educational artwork, traditional craft making like basket weaving, and environmental science. As a basket weaver, she's learning ethnobotany, land care, and restorative justice. Samantha's work is inspired by resistance against climate change and the colonist roots underneath the environmental distresses we experience today.