Hello all! I am currently an Assistant Professor of Biology and Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology with a minor in History from Roger Williams University, RI, a Master’s of Science in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology. I completed a post doctoral fellowship at Bethune-Cookman University in 2016.
Why Seahorse Sarah? In-between my freshman and sophomore year of college I interned at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. This internship was a game changer and life decider for me. I fell in love with seahorses, research, and knew I wanted to work towards a professorship. Since then I’ve conducted several studies on seahorses and their relatives with more projects on the horizon.
Throughout my training and career I have been actively engaged in the mentoring, training, and education of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of marine science. Beginning as an undergraduate researcher and continuing throughout my Master’s and PhD. programs I served as a manager of three marine laboratories. The research conducted in these laboratories expose and train marine science students in field and laboratory techniques related to conservation, ecology and aquaculture research. Research projects conducted at these laboratories have enriched hundreds of undergraduates over the years, many of whom have now successful completed masters and PhD. programs.
I am a mom to three boys: Cyrus (7), Lincoln (5), and Emmett (2). Motherhood has come with lessons in patience, compassion, and time management, but, speaking with motherly bias, I don’t think there have ever been three boys as smart, sweet and loving as these little people. They are pure joy and I love teaching them to appreciate the natural world around them.
Much of the work I do requires substantial time away from my family. I am lucky to have my husband, Steve, who is my biggest support in pursing my dreams. As a women in academia with young children, the work-life balance is always a struggle, but I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded and supported Steve, our parents, our nanny Bekah, our colleagues, family and friends!