Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology • Dalhousie University
Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University in 2018. During his time at Dalhousie, Sam took a variety of courses in conservation biology, resource ecology, fisheries sciences, climate change sciences, and statistics. Through his studies, he developed a keen interest in sustainability and how it relates environmentally, economically, and socially to anthropogenic natural resource use.
Since graduating, Sam has worked several contracts with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) as a Resource Technician in Algonquin Provincial Park. As a Resource Technician, Sam coordinated the building, maintenance, and rehabilitation of infrastructure to improve accessibility of the backcountry of the park. He was also involved in the seasonal installation of protective turtle fencing and invasive species removal. His time there allowed him to develop strong interpersonal and leadership skills which he plans to use in his future as a leader in the sustainability movement. While working, Sam continued his education, taking courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to further develop his skill set and versatility.
Sam is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his free time canoe tripping, camping, and fishing. He has paddled hundreds of lakes in Algonquin Provincial Park and hopes to one day paddle the Mackenzie River from Great Slave Lake to the Beaufort Sea. He strongly believes that taking time to appreciate the ecological integrity of the world around us is the best educator as to why we need to take action and approach our future with a sustainable mindset.