Aquatic biology is a sub-discipline of biology (the science of living things) that studies the freshwater ecosystems of Earth.
Sarah’s original vision for her career was of being in the field doing wildlife management. But that vision changed a bit when she was accepted as a Knauss Fellow with NOAA’s Marine Debris Program (MDP). She spent a year developing best practices for determining what and how much debris is on our shorelines. Sarah grew up with Lake Erie in her backyard, and the health of the Great Lakes was always important to her. So when the MDP wanted her to stay on after her fellowship ended to be its coordinator for the Great Lakes area, she couldn’t say no. Now, she loves doing outreach and education in her job at NOAA, especially with kids. You get to experience a lightbulb going off when someone learns something new, she says. It leaves her with a lot of hope for the future, even when finding common solutions to our ocean and Great Lakes problems can be a struggle.