B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz - 2020
Occupational Endorsement in Alaska Aquaculture, University of Alaska Southeast - 2021
AAUS Scientific Diver - 2019
Sara grew up in Northern California with an interest in and passion for animals and the outdoors. She became intrigued with ocean sciences while studying at the University of California, Davis' marine campus, Bodega Marine Laboratory, and decided to pursue a degree in Marine Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) with an emphasis in kelp forest ecology. During her undergraduate studies, Sara obtained her American Association of Underwater Science (AAUS) SCUBA Certification in order to research subtidal ecosystems. In 2020, Sara conducted a research project with UCSC based out of the Sitka Sound Science Center on the diet composition and habitat association of Kelp Greenling in Sitka Sound. After obtaining her B.S., she worked as a North Pacific Fisheries Observer in the Alaska groundfish and halibut fisheries based out of Kodiak. During this time, she grew an interest in mariculture and how to sustainably increase food security, and found herself back in Sitka to take the Alaska Aquaculture Semester intensive course through University of Alaska Southeast. Through that experience, Sara developed the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in mariculture and gained the ability to help grow this industry in a sustainable and respectful manner.