As a Master’s in Environmental Data Science student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sam is an aspiring plant ecologist and data scientist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in French from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2023) where he focused his studies and research on plant biology and biostatistics. In 2023 Sam worked as a plant ecology laboratory manager at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, assisting senior thesis students, overseeing lab operations, and conducting research of his own on plant-microbe interactions. Additionally, in 2022 Sam worked as a research technician performing fieldwork, running biodiversity analyses, and developing a river water quality monitoring site in RShiny for researchers at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, and the University of Maryland. Following graduate school, he plans to continue working in plant sciences, utilizing data science to better inform sustainable agriculture for greenhouse gas reduction and best practices in forest conservation.