HI, I'M SARA
I'm a Science Storyteller, Conscious Consumer, Always Aquaphile, Jill-of-a-Few-Trades and sometimes, Captain.
I've worked in research, program planning and evaluation, communications management, project and property management, business development, and social impact strategy. Across countries, regions, and neighborhoods. In food production, clothing retail, public health, environmental protection, and residential development. I've found more similarities than differences across all those experiences.
I use storytelling to motivate action. I improve processes and information flows. I connect people and ideas. I'm currently pursuing my Master's in Marine Affairs at the University of Washington. Having lived aboard my sailboat for five years, I dream of a role at the heart of the blue economy, building working waterfronts and increasing climate resilience.
Miranda Bennett Studio is a small sustainable clothing brand. We cut, dye, sew, style, and ship all from our production and flagship spaces in Austin. We prioritize plant-based dyes, natural fibers, and versatile designs to eschew fast fashion standards. None of our scraps or items end up in a landfill.
In 2022, we began a comprehensive review of our environmental, social, and governance practices. We undertook a B Corp Assessment and obtained the Austin Green Business Leader certification.
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Below are a few articles I wrote both during my time at EarthLab--an interdisciplinary institute connecting researchers at the University of Washington with climate change-makers in the community--and freelancing.
From research to practice: How one UW alum is moving climate and health policy forward in their home state
Recreation after Evacuation: How the Eagle Creek Wildfire Affected Recreation in the Columbia River Gorge
Often, wildfires occur during the “fifth season” at the peak of late summer/early fall recreation when Washingtonians and visitors alike are hiking, biking, climbing, and enjoying the long days.
A new study by researchers from Nature and Health at the University of Washington
No “Safe Space” for 12 key ocean species on North American West Coast
The CCME extends from the southernmost tip of California up through Washington. Seasonal upward currents of cold, nutrient-rich water are the backbone to a larger food web of krill, squid, fish, seabirds and marine mammals.
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California’s vital ocean current will soon see major disruption. Here’s what’s at stake
With human-caused climate change, some of the most important species that live in that zone will experience major changes by the end of the century, in some cases facing a 25% lower chance of survival, a new study found.
“Everything from plankton and seaweeds to fish and marine mammals and birds, al
What we know about the COVID-19 variant spreading in South Africa
"The thing we’re trying to highlight is that evolution of the virus is not unexpected," said Dr. Richard Lessells, an infectious disease expert researching the variant in South Africa. "We expect this because we are allowing this virus to spread at quite
Below are a handful of articles I wrote while supporting the Primary Health Care and Malaria teams at PATH, a global public health organization.
Genomic sequencing explains variant spread in Zambia
The PATH-UNZAVET team is actively looking for sudden changes in the incidence of a mutation as a clue to what is happening. However, to do that, the team needs to understand how COVID-19 cases are trending.
“We are trying to promote a linkage between the sequencing group and the ZNPHI clinical and surveillance teams
Zambia pushes on to end malaria
Funded by the US President’s Malaria Initiative, PAMO’s strategy centers on increasing coverage of proven malaria interventions, strengthening program management capacity, and improving syst
What is “PHC” and why is everyone talking about it?
At the Mopani Chamboli Clinic in Zambia, nurse Rebecca Saiko provides nutrition assessment, counseling, and support to a patient. Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.
Let’s start from the beginning. PHC stands for primary health care—the most basic package of essential health services and products needed to prevent disease, promote health, a