Sara was born in Los Angeles, California, but grew up in a small town just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. After one too many injuries as a long distance runner, she became a slow but steady dayhiker and started to discover her love for the outdoors. Itching to return to Southern California, Sara attended Claremont McKenna College, where she received degrees in Organismal Biology and Spanish. Sara has always been drawn to field research, especially in herpetology and ornithology, but she is most passionate about breaking down barriers to both formal and informal STEM education.
Prior to coming to Walking Mountains, Sara conducted conservation, disease ecology, and animal behavior research throughout Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the American Southwest. She hopes to someday pursue a PhD in one of these fields with the goal of becoming a professor. In the meantime, however, she is excited to be in the Eagle River Valley, explore the southern Rockies, teach and learn from others, and hike at snail speeds. In her free time, Sara also is an avid roadtripper, an amateur film buff, a wannabe polyglot, and an adventurous foodie.