Sam Skinner worked as a land use planner in the Yukon first for the Peel Watershed Planning Commission, then for the Yukon Land Use Planning Council where he contributed to the North Yukon, Peel Watershed and Dawson regional planning processes. His professional interests include landscape ecology, spatial analysis, cumulative effects, how to inform decisions, and communicating across cultures and interests. He has an MSc in mycology (the study of fungi), and enjoys picking mushrooms and berries, getting out on the land, travelling, and creating art.