Sam completed a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, in 2007. Sam graduated with first class honours, focusing on genomic selection in Beef Cattle. He then pursued a career in agribusiness banking before returning to UNE to undertake a PhD in quantitative genetics and animal breeding. He completed his PhD in 2013 titled the analysis and use of genomic data in the genetic evaluation of livestock. Sam is now a senior lecturer in quantitative genetics and animal breeding at UNE. His research now focuses on understanding the factors that control genetic variation and how these can be utilised in animal breeding and quantitative genetics.