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Sarah Colombo (she/her) is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with a deep-rooted passion for desert ecosystems and the importance of biocultural diversity. Raised in Arizona, she's driven by her connection to the landscapes and cultures of the region. 


Sarah received her bachelor's and master's from Northern Arizona University, which laid the groundwork for her understanding of the nuance of desert environments. She was first engaged in restoration work by volunteering on revegetation projects along Central Arizona's Verde River and was inspired by the transformation of the landscape through a collaborative approach. Her experience is further enriched by research and extensive fieldwork across the Southwest US, primarily focused on endangered plant and wildlife species. For her, these experiences underscored the importance of informed conservation practices that incorporate multiple perspectives.  


At BRN, Sarah is set to apply research-backed approaches combined with a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of natural and cultural landscapes. She is beyond elated to be a part of the important work of the Watershed Restoration Program and hopes to deepen community connections further.


Her passions outside of work include trail running, aerial arts, music, and wood burning, which echo her connection to nature and creativity.

​Email: Sarah Colombo

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