Sara moved to the UK from Denmark in 2004 and worked for a number of years in husbandry and management of endangered species in captivity.

She returned to the University of Cumbria to pursue a lifelong wish for further studies and research in conservation, and graduated in Conservation Biology in 2013.

Research activities undertaken during the degree included field work in the Carpathian mountains for a Brown bear project, genetic analysis and field work of Elasmobranchs in Gambia and a dissertation analysing the taxonomy of the Scotch argus (Erebia aethiops) butterfly using genetic applications.

Upon completion of the degree Sara took up a position with Leeds University as a field assistant on the Agriland Project where she got the opportunity to further develop an interest for landscape approaches to conservation.

Sara started a PhD project with UoC in 2014, investigating stakeholder perceptions of woodland expansion in the uplands of Cumbria. The project is funded by the National School of Forestry at the University of Cumbria and the Forestry Commission.

Qualifications and memberships

BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology

Academic and research interests

Landscape aspects of conservation biology Population and landscape genetics Conservation and society