Sarah received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on strategies to promote species persistence in the face of inevitable climate change. Specifically, her doctoral research (1) identified bright spot and gaps in the field of early, on-the-ground climate adaptation projects in the US conservation sector, (2) examined what historic bird translocations might teach us about the feasibility of assisted colonization, and (3) explored species’ natural adaptive capacities in response to climate change using historic photos from a California desert ecosystem. She plans to continue to work in the emerging field of climate adaptation to drive the implementation, evaluation and scale-up of practices that protect species and promote ecological integrity.
Prior to graduate school, she conducted research at the California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, worked on climate mitigation at The Climate Group and The Planning and Conservation League, and taught biology at community colleges. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, was born and raised in Kansas City, and currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.