Samuel is a marine ecologist who is interested in understanding the factors that drive the distribution of marine biodiversity across a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Sam’s research focuses on marine primary producers, especially large brown seaweeds (i.e. kelps). Sam is currently in the final year of his PhD in the UBC Botany Department where he uses molecular, trait and community data to conduct research about how environmental factors influence the distributions, ecological ‘strategies’ and past diversification patterns of coastal organisms. Sam first came to BMSC as an undergraduate student and has performed much of his graduate research in Barkley Sound and along the coast of BC. He is excited about the opportunities that BMSC provides to students by allowing for hands-on field experience.