Sarah's research focuses on testing and scaling up strategies to promote species persistence and ecosystem integrity in the face of climate change. As a TNC NatureNet Fellow, she is working to validate and bolster the effectiveness of The Nature Conservancy's approach to identifying “climate resilient sites”, using data on millions of trees across the US that have experienced recent climate change. Sarah received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Cruz. Her doctoral research (1) identified bright spot and gaps in 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 climate-driven range shifts using historic photos from a California desert ecosystem.
Prior to her work on climate adaptation, 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.