Sam grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology. After graduating, he worked as a technician on various research projects throughout the country including projects on desert bighorn sheep, mountain lion abundance monitoring, raptor monitoring and wildland firefighting. Sam then began work on a NMSU elk research project examining the effects of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction on elk survival. For his M.S research, Sam is investigating prey composition and kill rates of Mexican gray wolves and mountain lions in the Southwest.
|Elk demography, movements and habitat selection in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Area in Arizona and New Mexico||June 2024|
|Martinez, S.I., J.W Cain III, N.M. Tatman, S.G. Liley, and J.C. deVos. 2023. Kill rates and prey composition of Mexican gray wolves and cougars in New Mexico and Arizona. Joint Annual Meeting of Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Farmington, New Mexico, USA.||February 2022|