Sarah is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University and the Lead for Stakeholder Communication at Pairwise. For 7 years she served as the founding Director of the Alliance for Science—a global communications effort that promotes evidence-informed decision-making across a range of science issues. She has taught courses on agricultural biotechnology at the graduate and undergraduate level and was part of an interdisciplinary team that developed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the science and politics of GMOs on Cornell’s EdX platform. Sarah was instrumental in launching the CALS initiative, AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education) which promotes women in agriculture. She was the 2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winner and in 2022 was honored with the Mary Clutter Science Public Service Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Sarah received her PhD in Plant Biology from Cornell University in 2009, for which she conducted an interdisciplinary study combining work in plant molecular biology with science communication and international agriculture. She came to Cornell after completing a BA in Biology at Reed College.
2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winner and in 2022 was honored with the Mary Clutter Science Public Service Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists.