Sammi began working at GMRI in September of 2018 after acceptance as a Master of Science candidate under Dr. Walt Golet at the University of Maine. Sammi’s master’s thesis was titled “Evaluating the Foraging Ecology and Energetics of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Gulf of Maine (GOM).” Through stomach content analysis, energetics, and stable isotope analysis she observed shifts in the foraging ecology of ABFT from 2018-2019. Sammi received her Master of Science in 2021.
Before GMRI, Sammi attended the University of Maine (Orono) from 2014–2018 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences with a concentration in Marine Biology. At the University of Maine, Sammi was fortunate enough to work with Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon on the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers. Her research focused on the use of a new morphometrics technique as a non-invasive method to sex shortnose sturgeon. After she completed her undergraduate degree, Sammi transitioned to the Maine Department of Marine Resources at the Milford dam spending her days capturing, tagging, and conducting research on Atlantic salmon and other anadromous species. Sammi currently works in the Pelagic Fisheries Lab as a Research Associate on a variety of projects including close-kin mark-recapture, HMS tagging, and Atlantic bluefin tuna otolith processing and aging. When not in the lab or on the water, Sammi can be found outside, playing with her dog Baker, or baking!