Sarah grew up in southern Maine and attended Colby College where she studied biology and developed strong interests in ecology and science communications. Since graduating in 2006, she has worked with organizations in Maine and across the western U.S. as both a field biologist and an environmental educator, studying a wide range of ecosystems and wildlife. Some of her favorite projects include conducting Canada lynx den searches and habitat surveys in northwest Montana, conducting line distance sampling surveys for Desert tortoises in the southern Mojave Desert, and creating a self-guided educational map and trail system for the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in central Maine.
Immediately prior to coming to BRI, Sarah worked for a nonprofit research organization in Jackson, Wyoming, where she spent several years focusing on habitat assessments and vegetation community mapping. For the summer of 2013 she stepped away from botany projects and into the world of avian research, to assist in operating several MAPS banding stations throughout the Jackson area, and to facilitate education for visiting groups.
After spending the better part of eight years working in the mountains and deserts of the west, Sarah decided to return to the east coast to put down some roots in her home state of Maine. She began working at BRI in 2014 to assist with data management, analysis, and communications for the Mid Atlantic Baseline Study project. She also stretches her legs in the field, assisting with songbird and shorebird banding for various projects at BRI.
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