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Sara Knox

RELP Cohort: 2018
Earth System Science
School: Sustainability

Sara Knox is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. Her research is part of a new Global Carbon Project methane budget activity funded by the Moore Foundation, which aims to use machine-learning-based approaches to develop a new data-driven global wetland methane product. This research helps close the global methane budget by providing an entirely independent estimate of global wetland methane emissions.

Prior to her position at Stanford, Sara was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the National Research Program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Her research at USGS investigated carbon and water cycling in natural and restored coastal wetlands. Her research helped inform gaps in the science, management and policy of Blue Carbon. Sara received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral work focused on measuring and modeling greenhouse gas fluxes in restored wetlands and agriculture in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This research has been used to help inform new and emerging climate policy in California. Sara holds a M.Sc. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Carleton University and a B.Sc. in Earth System Science from McGill University. She is a recipient of numerous scientific fellowships and awards including the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarships (both Doctoral and Masters), and the Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union.

Over the past several years, Sara has also been highly involved in programs supporting the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. As a graduate student, she taught UC Berkeley's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) seminar for freshman. Over the course of four summers, she was also a mentor for the Biology Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, which is a program designed to increase the representation of minority students in the sciences.