Sarah is the Director of the Conservation Research Program at the Institute for Applied Ecology. She received her BS in Environmental Biology from the University of Massachusetts (1999) and her PhD in Ecology from the University of Connecticut (2012). Sarah’s PhD research focused on invasive species population dynamics linking vital rates of three signature invasive plants to environmental variation in an effort to prioritize species management. As the coordinator and program biologist for the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE), Sarah worked with and trained volunteers throughout the northeast to identify and document non-native species occurrences. These volunteer-collected data have been used to predict potential distributions of some invasive species in the region. Through IPANE, Sarah has become an advocate for citizen science and its use in scientific research.
As a field supervisor at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation (2002-2007), Sarah lead and contributed to multiple research projects designed to monitor the effects of different management regimes on rare and endangered species of coastal grasslands and heathlands. These techniques included fire at varying intensities, mowing, and sheep grazing, among others. Sarah’s love for the natural world started at a young age growing up in northern California. While a plant ecologist at heart, Sarah’s other experiences include work with elk, bison, California Condors, spotted turtles, and Short-eared Owls. When not at IAE, Sarah can be found with her husband and son hiking, fishing, cooking, practicing archery, or playing in the garden.
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