I earned my B.S. in Conservation and Resource Management at the University of California, Berkeley. There, I completed a Senior Honors Thesis on international shark conservation and graduated with Departmental Honors. My degree was obtained under my maiden name: Sameen Ghazali.

The highlight of my college experience was living on a field station in French Polynesia while conducting an independent research project. This unique opportunity let me develop my 
scientific writing, lab, fieldwork, and scientific diving skills. Experiencing life on the island of Mo'orea also fulfilled a life goal to live abroad for a period.

All that thinking will be mere moonshine 
unless we realize that nothing but the courage and unselfishness of individuals 
is ever going to make any system work.

C.S. Lewis