Sarah Skikne

Sarah Skikne


Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Cruz. Her doctoral research focuses on strategies to promote species persistence in the face of inevitable climate change. Specifically, she is working to (1) characterize and identify bright spot and gaps in the field of early, on-the-ground climate adaptation projects in the US conservation sector, (2) examine what historic bird translocations might teach us about the feasibility of assisted colonization, and (3) explore species’ natural adaptive capacities in response to climate change using historic data from a California desert ecosystem. She plans 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 the community college level. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and was born and raised in Kansas City.

Fellow at a Glance

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Academic Background:
UC Santa Cruz, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Ph.D candidate at University of California Santa Cruz
Conservation Science & Biology
Energy & Climate Change

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