Sarah received her BS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her PhD in marine ecology from UC Santa Barbara. For her dissertation research, she studied the role of dispersal ability in determining geographic range size for marine taxa and large-scale patterns of reproductive output in intertidal invertebrates. Following her PhD, she was the Project Manger for the California Current Ecosystem-Based Management (CCEBM) initiative, a collaborative effort to synthesize, advance, and communicate the natural and social science needed for more comprehensive ecosystem-based management along the U.S. west coast. Prior to taking up a faculty appointment in Florida, Sarah served as the Research and Program Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Group for several years, supporting science communications and working with on-the-ground partners to connect science and research to the implementation of conservation and sustainable fisheries projects. She continues to collaborate closely with SFG on marine spatial planning and aquaculture development in the greater Caribbean region. Her recent research has focused on the ecological effects of marine protected areas, applying tradeoff analysis to marine resource management and spatial planning, sustainable fisheries management, and ecosystem-based management. She has also worked as scientific staff for the Ocean Health Index project.