Sarah received her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology in 2003 from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. She moved to Hawai‘i in 2004 to work for USGS mist-netting forest birds to research avian diseases with the Biocomplexity project. Later, Sarah spent time working for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Program where she participated in costal restoration, sea turtle nesting research, and public outreach. While working as the Wildlife Coordinator for Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, Sarah conducted monitoring and management of the threatened and endangered plant and animal species at PōhakuloaTraining Area. She has also contributed to several research projects with the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, including Koa research looking at wood quality, seed orchards, forest growth plots, and forest soil nutrient studies.
Sarah is currently the Project Coordinator for the USDA/USFS Noiʻi Kalaikaiaola Lab and the Hui Kiaʻi Wai O Kaʻū partnership. This position allows her to combine her interests in wildlife ecology and remote sensing technology with her passion for community engagement in science and conservation in Hawai‘i.