Dr. Sarah Klain
Environment and Society
Sarah Klain is the Andrew J. Senti Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Services. She earned a BA at Reed College in Biology and Economics, then worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at the non-profit Ecotrust followed by two years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer conducting sea turtle and crocodile conservation in Micronesia. Sarah earned an MSc then PhD in Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Her research has advanced methods for incorporating social and cultural values into ecosystem service assessments to inform environmental management. She has also conducted various studies on offshore wind farms, ranging from factors that shape perceptions of environmental risk, community engagement adjacent to proposed farms, and willingness to pay for offshore wind farms that are ecologically regenerative. Her current research focuses on ways to make renewable energy landscapes more socially acceptable and better for biodiversity. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America. Sarah is also an Associate Editor for the journal Ecosystems and People, formerly known as the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management.