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Sarah studied marine science at UC Santa Cruz and received a BA in Biology and then a MA in Science Education from San Diego State University. While at UCSC she was a member of the Scientific Diving Department and did a long term teaching internship in the Education Department at Long Marine Lab. Her internship project was developing, finding content for, and collecting images for an aquarium exhibit about scientific scuba diving for the Seymour Center.
She has worked in education management, animal care, exhibit creation, and program development at top institutions including Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Consortium of Research and Education (CORE), Dolphin Research Center, and the Ocean Institute. She has created national programs for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) aimed at increasing access to ocean sciences for students underrepresented in the sciences. She also created programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to engage teens in ocean science, technology, engineering, art, and conservation. In addition, Sarah has worked as a science and education consultant publishing books, websites, and teaching guides for Scholastic, IMAX Films, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the multi-agency marine portal website thankyouocean.org.
Sarah also has extensive field research experience ranging from being a NAUI Scientific Master diver on kelp forest or coral reef monitoring programs in California, Hawaii, and Belize to working as a marine mammal observer on research cruises with Scripps. In 2005 she trained with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service to be a sea turtle nesting grounds field monitor in the Florida Keys. She works as a Naturalist in many locals and has been leading tours throughout Baja California since 2002 to the lagoons and breeding grounds of the gray whale.
- Ocean Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Ocean Communicators Alliance