Sarah is a freelance science journalist and editor. Beyond writing, she is an Assistant Producer on the nationally syndicated Big Picture Science radio show. Before graduating from the University of California- Santa Cruz Science Communication program, Sarah worked as a geologist in the private and public sector, and was a geology instructor at Front Range Community College.

Work experience

  • Freelance Science Writer/Editor: San Jose, CA

    • September 2017-Present

  • Big Picture Science, Assistant Producer: Mountain View, CA

    • August 2018-Present

  • Geological Society of America, Science Communication Fellow: San Jose, CA

    • August 2018-May 2019

  • EARTH Magazine, Acting Associate Editor: San Jose, CA

    • March 2018-July 2018

  • Big Picture Science, Radio Intern: Mountain View, CA

    • November 2917-January 2018

  • EARTH Magazine, Editorial Intern: San Jose, CA

    • June 2017- September 2017

  • Stanford News, Science Writing Intern: Palo Alto, CA

    • April 2017- June 2017

  • Eos, Science Writing Intern: Washington, D.C.

    • January 2017- March 2017

  • Santa Cruz Sentinel, Journalist Intern: Scotts Valley, CA

    • September 2016- December 2016

Geology Experience

  • Geomorphologist: Bureau of Reclamation- Denver, CO

    • March 2009- April 2015

  • Instructor: Front Range Community College- Westminster, CO

    • January 2014- May 2014

  • Geologist: Golder Associates, Inc.- Redmond, WA

    • July 2007-December 2008

  • GIS Contractor: EPA- Homeland Security Research Center, Cincinnati, OH

    • April 2006- June 2007

  • Geologist-In-The-Park: George Washington's Birthplace National Monument- Popes Creek, VA

    • June 2001-September 2001

  • Extensive field experience

    • U.S.: Michigan, Virginia, Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Puerto Rico

    • International: Costa Rica, Iceland, India/Kashmir


  • University of California-Santa Cruz, Science Communication, 2017

  • University of Cincinnati, Ph.D.- Geology, 2008

  • Fort Hays State University, M.S.-Geology, 2002

  • St. Norbert College, B.S.- Geology, 2000

General Interests

  • Earth Science

    • Quaternary science, geomorphology, glacial geology and climate, tectonic geomorphology, natural hazards

  • Geopolitics and Policy

  • Environment, Sustainability and Conservation

  • Agriculture and Forestry

  • Technology and Green/Gray Engineering