Gund Graduate Fellow, PhD, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Sarah grew up in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania where she learned at an early age the value of a forest hide-away. Her career has included field-based research, land and conservation easement management, invasive species eradication, and public outreach. She currently is expanding her education to understand, through an ecological economics lens, how humans are part of and impact ecosystems. Sarah aims to put research results in the hands of landowners, managers, policy makers, and the general public to foster smart stewardship of the planet and compassionate care of each other.

 

When not absorbed in forest research, Sarah cooks, runs, sews, reads, and continues to escape to the mountains, forests, and water for adventures small and large.

Advisor: Kimberly Wallin
Dissertation: Ecosystem services trade-offs following forest wind disturbance and salvage-logging in northwestern Vermont.

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecosystem services, wind disturbance, forest ecology, biodiversity, land stewardship

Education

  • MS, Natural Resources,¬†University of Vermont
  • BS, Environmental Science,¬†Dickinson College

Curriculum vitae

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