"As demonstrated by the recent emergence of SARS-CoV-2, we exist in a fragile state of security, tempting viral spillover with ongoing environmental exploitation and a growing abundance of human-animal interfaces. It is therefore critical that we collectively adapt to anticipate and reduce these events. Through my work at EcoHealth Alliance, I hope to contribute to the identification and reduction of factors driving disease emergence, and to motivate others to embrace the intrinsic link between human, animal, and environmental health."
Sarah integrates her multidisciplinary background in epidemiology, environmental health science, and marine biology into her role as a research scientist at EcoHealth Alliance. She is driven to zoonotic disease research through a deep-seated passion for wildlife and ecosystem preservation, along with a dedication to the One Health approach. She supports work on a number of projects at EcoHealth Alliance, including the investigation of spatial, behavioral, and ecological dynamics influencing Nipah virus spillover in Bangladesh, and the development of a bat biosurveillance network in South Africa.
Sarah obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. While attending Mailman, Sarah worked at the Center for Infection and Immunity, performing laboratory work and virology analyses for the USAID PREDICT project. Prior to pursuing her MPH, she worked internationally as a teacher in both Thailand and Spain. Moreover, she draws perspective from a diverse array of academic and volunteer research endeavors in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Her engagement with international communities was highly formative in fostering a commitment to improving global health. Through work in One Health, Sarah is dedicated to bettering health outcomes for humans and animals alike.