Sam joined WBI in 2016. He received his BA and MS degrees in Biology from the University of St. Thomas (2007) and Purdue University (2009), respectively. For his graduate research, Sam studied the influence of seasonal upwelling on the spatial and vertical distribution of sailfish in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Prior to joining White Buffalo, Sam has served as a freelance Wildlife Biologist and Expedition Leader and Research Collaborator with National Geographic. Sam has spent considerable time leading wildlife expeditions in tropical regions of Costa Rica and Ecuador.