Sam was born and raised in Florida and has always been interested in wildlife and the outdoors. She received her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2014, and went on to work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a biologist for habitat restoration projects around the state. She couldn't stay away from school for too long, and is now back at UF to study coyote habitat use and interactions with cattle on Florida's rangelands. She hopes to pursue a career in applied wildlife research that will identify solutions for conservation in today's rapidly changing world. In her free time, Sam enjoys hiking, cooking, herping, college football, arts and crafts, and heaping adoration on her two spoiled dogs.