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. Her MSc then PhD are from the Institute for 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 1) weaving indigenous, local and scientific knowledge for conservation; and 2) ways to make renewable energy landscapes more socially acceptable and better for biodiversity. Sarah is also an Associate Editor for the journal Ecosystems and People as well as People and Nature. She enjoys serving as the faculty adviser to the QCNR Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources (SOSNR).