Sarah Truebe, our Habitat Conservation Manager, joined Sky Island Alliance in 2021 to lead our water programs. She is focused primarily on our community science Spring Seeker program and is also responsible for habitat restoration and for enhancing water sources for wildlife and other uses across the Sky Island region.
Sarah has almost two decades of fieldwork and research experience spanning various disciplines. Previously, she has worked in natural resource management at Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona and in environmental sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, where her major research interests included monsoons, fire, drought, caves, climate variability, hydrology, using climate information for resource management, and science and society.
Well before these scholastic endeavors, Sarah was born in Tucson, AZ and grew up watching monsoon cumulonimbus clouds form over saguaros and prickly pear, listening to curve-billed thrashers and cactus wrens chatter every morning, and playing in the dirt under the mesquite trees in her backyard. When not exploring our Sky Islands (above or below ground), Sarah volunteers with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association and trains with the National Cave Rescue Commission.
Sarah hopes that in the coming decades, our Sky Islands will resiliently weather climate change until we can come together globally to halt catastrophic impacts to these iconic and striking habitats. She also hopes the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico comes down in her lifetime, restoring migration pathways for the animals and people that rely on this land.
Learn more about Sarah and her favorite Sky Island wildlife in this fun staff highlight.