Sarah grew up in California and was fortunate to spend summers with her family in Chatham, sailing and swimming almost daily. Sarah studied Earth and Marine Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she earned a BS. She worked for the US Geological Survey Marine Geology branch for eight years, spent two years+ on research vessels, and when in port, participated in public education outreach activities. She returned to graduate school to complete her PhD in Coastal Oceanography at Stony Brook University, focusing on how stable and radioactive contaminants accumulate in mussels and clams. Since then, she has worked as a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, collaborated with the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) in France, taught undergraduate oceanography as an adjunct faculty member, taught high school sciences, and gained her MA teaching certificate in chemistry. She is certified as a LEED AP for sustainable building, teaches courses in green energy, and currently works part-time with the Town of Chatham as a water quality scientist. Currently she is the Director of Science for Pleasant Bay Community Boating in Harwich.