We are excited to welcome two team members this week. Walter Cheatham will join us as an Outdoor Education Coordinator, and Sam Lucas is our new Conservation Initiative Coordinator and Marine Science Educator. Meet Walter and Sam below!


Walter Cheatham, Outdoor Education Coordinator

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Where are you from?
South Carolina

Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I attended Auburn University. My degree is in Wildlife Biology.

Is there something about working at Sanibel Sea School that you are looking most forward to? Sanibel Sea School believes in leaving the planet in better shape than it was when you arrived. That overarching theme is what excites me most. 

What do you like to do during your time off?
Paddle, walk, and bike - all with my kids in tow. 

Favorite sea creature:
I think the lightning whelk is the coolest creature ever. 

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach?
Jimmy Buffett playing Greatful Dead songs

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go?
Honestly, Estero Bay, though I could be convinced to put on a VERY thick wetsuit and paddleboard the waves calving off glaciers on Iceland's coast and call that my favorite.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?
I talk all the time because I'm excited. I like to share my excitement about what I do with anyone within earshot. 

 


Sam Lucas, Conservation Initiative Coordinator and Marine Science Educator

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. More specifically, in a town named Essex located right outside the city. If you speak to me in person I’ve been told I have a little bit of an accent!

Where did you go to school and what did you study? 
I attended Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and obtained a BS in Biology. It was a big change from Baltimore as the Shore is very rural, but I loved it! 

Is there something about working at Sanibel Sea School that you are looking most forward to? 
I am very excited to get more involved in the field of conservation with this position as it is such an important component of the future of our oceans. I am also looking forward to sharing my passion and enthusiasm for marine science with a new community.

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I love to run! It is one of my favorite ways to relax. I also enjoy hanging out on the beach and going on day trips to new places.

Favorite sea creature: 
The striped burrfish always brings a smile to my face!

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach? 
Honestly, I’m not too picky and I listen to a little bit of everything, so whatever my friends feel like listening to at the time.

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If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
I’ve never been to a coral reef and would love to see one, but kelp forests interest me as well.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself? 
I am really looking forward to learning about the area and exploring Florida. I also can't wait to learn more about the animals and plants that I'll encounter here!

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