was born in Ottawa, Canada, a long way from any ocean.
She and her family spent summers in Maine, where the sea
got into her blood and never let go. From a very young
age, her dream was to become a marine biologist. She got
her first hands-on experience after high school, while
volunteering at the Bermuda Biological Station for an environmental
study on calico clams. Sara soon enrolled in the marine
biology program at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
She was awarded the 1984 Dalhousie Medal in Biology for
her honors research on the metabolic costs of feeding in
octopus. Sara earned her Masters degree at Boston University
Marine Program in Woods Hole, MA in the Lab of Jelle Atema.
It was there that she first collaborated with Diane Cowan,
studying potential sex pheromones of lobsters. Sara then
spent several years writing and editing for Oceanus, a
marine science and policy magazine published by the Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution. There she met James Hain,
whom she later joined to test airships (blimps) as a new
research platform for studying whales. After several years
of blimp-based research on the highly endangered North
Atlantic right whale, Sara returned to Dalhousie to pursue
a doctorate. Under the tutelage of Don Bowen, she analyzed
a long-term data set on harbor seal mothers and pups, looking
at the relative influences of maternal age, size, and experience
on offspring traits at birth and weaning. Sara enjoys sharing
her knowledge about marine life, having done so for four
summers as Chief Naturalist on a whale watch boat, and
more recently as Associate Professor at the University
of Maine. She comes to The Lobster Conservancy with a broad
background in marine science and a strong commitment to
conservation and education.
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