Sam cares for the ponds, gardens, and non-living exhibits of Mote. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with degrees in Art and Zoology and a focus in scientific illustration. While in school, Sam worked at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, where she researched and cultivated landscape plants. After her junior year of college, Sam interned with Mote Aquarium. Post graduation, Sam was happy to rejoin the aquarium team as a staff member. Sam is also currently an artist in residence at the Morean Art Center’s glassblowing studio.