Inspired by lecturers whilst undertaking a Physical Geography BSc, Sam went on to specialise in coastal geomorphology at the University of Portsmouth. Her PhD research investigated the formation of open coast managed re-alignment systems in the UK. Following this, Sam worked at the New Forest District Council/Channel Coastal Observatory for 12 years as a Senior Coastal Process Scientist and became SCOPAC Research Chair in 2009, coordinating coastal research across the central south coast of England. Sam joined the Coastal Partners in 2015 as a project manager, securing £3.3 million of central government funding to reduce flood and coastal erosion risk to Eastoke as part of the next 5-year phase of the South Hayling Beach Management Plan (BMP). She now leads the Operations Research team, overseeing the delivery of Beach Management Plans, tracer studies, contaminated land projects and coastal process studies on behalf of the Partnership. Through her SCOPAC Research Chair role, Sam sits on one of the Environment Agency FCERM Research and Development TAGs, which complements her Coastal Partners role.