Sami is a master’s student in the Dayer Human Dimensions Lab and pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. She is working on a collaborative, multi-state project to prevent human disturbance of shorebirds. She is supporting staff from Audubon, Manomet, USFWS, and Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative in implementing community-based social marketing campaigns across the Atlantic Flyway.
Sami graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation. While an undergraduate, she helped perform a social media analysis on the role of parenthood, emotion, and anthropomorphism towards southern resident killer whales, also in the Dayer Lab. In another lab, she assisted in a scavenger project to analyze species interactions and predator scavenging behavior. She also interned with the Office of Sustainability at Virginia Tech to assess the sourcing, consumption, and disposal of food on campus and within Virginia Tech’s dining halls.
In her free time, Sami enjoys drawing, crafting, and binging podcasts.