Samantha graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Marine Biology and Animal Behaviour, completing a dissertation concerning the effect of visitors on the behaviour of captive aquarium rays. She then went on to study for an MRes in Marine Biology at Plymouth University, focusing on inter-individual differences in behaviour of sea anemones, supervised by Dr Mark Briffa. During her Masters year she volunteered at the MBA helping to collect data for the long-term fish survey on the MBA research vessel.
In 2014 she was awarded a NERC PhD Studentship within the University of Southampton’s SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Programme. Her PhD is based at the MBA and Southampton University, where she is currently researching the movement ecology of skates (rays) in UK waters to understand how they are influenced by the environment and impacted by fishing exploitation and spatial management. The project is supervised by Professor David Sims (MBA/UoS) and Dr Clive Trueman (UoS).