Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration
Meet Our Staff
Western Science Coordinator
As the Western Science Coordinator, Sarah’s role is to support MJV’s scientific research initiatives to advance monarch conservation in the West. Sarah provides science services and strategies for MJV’s monitoring projects and cultivates a strong network of research partnerships and initiatives.
As a lifelong Californian, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah has a deep appreciation for California’s flora and fauna. Her love for plants and insects began as a child growing up in her family’s third-generation plant nursery which specialized in growing large, specimen rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias for use in flower shows and other events. Sarah’s professional background focuses on scientific research, habitat restoration, and environmental education. Sarah earned a BS in Environmental Science and MA in Geography from San Francisco State University, where she studied how coastal fog impacts habitat quality for the locally threatened Coastal Green Hairstreak butterfly with a special focus in historical biogeography, plant-pollinator interactions, and plant ecophysiology. Prior to working with MJV she worked for a local non-profit organization, Nature in the City, restoring butterfly habitat in San Francisco, as well as a Naturalist for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and painting, hiking, and spending time with loved ones.