Sam West

Sam is studying towards a Master of Science (Ecology) at the University of Otago. His thesis will investigate the role that spatial variation of snow cover has on alpine vegetation in the Pisa Range, and how this may be impacted by climate change. In 2015, Sam spent six months studying and adventuring in Canada as part of a university exchange. This fuelled his passion for the conservation of wild places and their inhabitants, not only in New Zealand but throughout the world.

Sam is a keen and experienced mountain biker, skier, rock climber, kayaker and tramper, and spends as much time outdoors as possible. Sam has an endless fascination with the natural world, and has taken part in pest eradication operations, forest surveys and environmental monitoring programs throughout the country, something that he hopes to continue into the future. Sir Peter Blake's life and legacy is a constant source of inspiration, and Sam is beyond honoured to be a Blake Ambassador in 2016.