Sarah is a PhD student in the University Program in Ecology within the Nicholas School. Her motivation for pursuing graduate research comes from a desire to develop practical solutions to environmental problems, mostly those caused by the use of fossil fuels. She is researching strategies for growing algae as a source of biofuel. Sarah spent her first academic year in Durham and is now located at the Duke Marine Lab, where she is a member of Zackary Johnson’s research group.
Sarah credits high school projects on the famous leaders Jane Goodall and John Muir for initially sparking her environmental passion, which has ultimately decided her academic path. She is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she majored in Environmental Engineering. Her undergraduate research experiences involved working with syngas-fermenting bacteria in a bioenergy lab, and with phytoplankton of the St. Lawrence River in a limnology lab. Outside of research, she has been involved in campus sustainability projects and outreach activities that promote girls in STEM fields. Sarah is also highly addicted to distance running, having completed four marathons to date, and treasures the gorges and trails of Ithaca but is excited to explore what North Carolina has to offer!