Sam Rames was born and raised in Charleston, SC and lucky enough to grow up with a wetland ecosystem in her backyard. Kayaking through channels in dense colonies of Spartinagrass in the equestrian salt marshes allowed her to observe a variety of wildlife, from pelicans and blue crabs to gar and bottlenose dolphins. Having access to these rich, biodiverse habitats allowed her to truly appreciate their ability to produce and sustain so much life, human beings included. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs and government officials have simply seen the natural beauty of this region as an excuse to overdevelop the land, seeking profit above all else, leading to excessive urban sprawl, degraded water quality, habitat fragmentation and erosion. Seeing these environmental injustices at home and around the world inspired her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology at UNC Asheville. She conducted undergraduate research on the sprawl of impervious surfaces and its effects on western North Carolina watersheds using ArcGIS. After graduating, she continued to fight for environmental and social justice, working with organizations such as the Sierra Club, Food Not Bombs and the Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialists. In her free time, Sam enjoys hiking, kayaking, making latte art, and curling up with a good book and her sweet kitten.