Department of Watershed Sciences
M.S. in Ecology; Faculty Advisor: Dr. Phaedra Budy
Sarah Barnes is an Ecology M.S student advised by Dr. Phaedra Budy of the Fish Ecology Lab and Dr. Robert Al-Chokhachy of the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center. Her thesis research is focused on factors affecting Lahontan tui Chub abundance in Pyramid Lake, the main forage fish for the world-renowned Lahontan cutthroat trout sportfish. Sarah was born and raised in Evanston, IL and received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2016. Sarah cut her teeth in the Ozarks in her first job out of school as a research technician for the Missouri Department of Conservation. From there she served aboard a research cruise in the Southern Ocean investigating long-term carbon trends; worked on sandbed streams with the Oklahoma Cooperative Research Unit; was a technician with Idaho Fish and Game's Anadromous Fish Monitoring Program; sailed the high seas with the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program and most recently worked on the Beaufort Sea Nearshore Monitoring Project for Professor Trent Sutton at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Sarah is passionate about elevating diverse perspectives in research and is excited for the opportunity to work closely with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in her master's work. In her spare time she plays music, ferments things and explores the outdoors in many ways.