Sam Kuglen graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a Minor in Environmental Studies. She became passionate about ocean ecosystems through her classes at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As an undergraduate, Sam interned for the City of San Diego where she studied the effects of regional wastewater treatment discharge on the marine environment. She performed offshore field sampling to assess the ecological health of southern California coastal invertebrates and fishes. Most recently, Sam worked at Point Reyes National Seashore in partnership with Americorps and the National Park Service. There, she conducted life-cycle monitoring of federally endangered salmonids, led a habitat restoration project, and taught an environmental stewardship curriculum at a local elementary school. At Bren, Sam is specializing in Coastal Resources Management to address how human pollutants and climate variability affect ocean environments. She aspires to help agencies make informed decisions in coastal marine resource use and ecological management.