Sam has loved the ocean for as long as she can remember. Though originally from Austin, Texas, she moved to coastal San Diego, California, when she was 18, and there obtained her bachelor’s degree in Marine Science. While in college, Sam started teaching marine science at summer camps and after-school programs, where she realized her passion for experiential education. She then led international summer programs for teens that focus on adventure, leadership, and community building. Sam also discovered her love of scuba-diving throughout this time and became a PADI Divemaster. An avid lover of adventure and exploration, she has lived or worked in Thailand, Mexico, Fiji, The Galapagos, Peru, and Germany. Most recently, she completed her master’s degree in Marine Tropical Ecology, focusing on small-scale fishery resilience in the face of climate change. Usually a program manager, marine science instructor, and dive instructor on our Sea/mester programs, Sam is very excited to be a part of the ActionQuest team and share her passion for experiential education and the marine world with all on board.