Samantha (Sam) is from California where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology in 2015 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. There she focused on groundstone tool assemblages and use-ware analysis from the northern Channel Islands and the mainland coast of Santa Barbara.  Sam has been a graduate student since 2016 and is pursuing an M.A. in Anthropology at Washington State University where her research focus is on human environmental interactions on the Pacific Northwest Coast.  She started at Plateau Archaeological Investigations in May 2018. 

Sam recently adopted a Tennessee Mountain Cur puppy named Cruise and looks forward to camping and hiking with him.