Sarah Carter

Graduate Student


Master of Science, 1999, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Bachelor of Science, 1992 (Mathematics, Minor in Biology), Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Research interests

I am interested in how we can be more strategic and effective in our conservation efforts by learning from past initiatives, predicting impacts of future climate and land use change on wildlife and natural communities, using remote-sensing derived landcover data to evaluate conservation actions, and translating this knowledge into practical tools for land managers, policy makers, and conservation practitioners. My current research examines the extent to which conservation plans influence conservation actions, and the biological, economic, and policy factors that tend to correlate with successful implementation of conservation plans. I believe strongly in working closely with the agencies and organizations who are protecting and managing our landscapes to help bridge the planning-implementation gap through better understanding of the constraints under which conservation actors work and the factors that may facilitate conservation plan implementation.

Personal interests

When not working, I love hanging out with my family, travelling to fun places (usually involving a beach or mountain), hiking, camping, cooking, and spending time with good friends.

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