Sara Bender, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative

 

Sara is a program officer in the foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative. She is interested in unraveling the complexities of marine microbial community composition and interactions through the application of molecular tools to conduct in situ monitoring.

 
Sara Bender, Ph.D.
 

Biography

Sara is a program officer in the foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative. She is interested in unraveling the complexities of marine microbial community composition and interactions through the application of molecular tools to conduct in situ monitoring.

Sara was trained as a biological oceanographer, studying the response of phytoplankton – tiny ocean drifters that harvest light for energy – to changes in nutrient availability in the surface ocean. She used molecular tools to capture rapid changes in cell growth and physiology through both lab and field work. Sara participated in numerous scientific cruises, working in the coastal Pacific Northwest, as well as Cape Cod Bay. Outside of research, Sara has focused on making science accessible and meaningful to the public through her work with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Communication and more recently, the San Francisco Film Society Sloan Science in Cinema partnership. She is passionate about communicating the wonders of the ocean (and its microbes) to general audiences.

Prior to joining the foundation, Sara was a postdoctoral scholar in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Sara earned a B.A. in biology at Rutgers University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in biological oceanography at the University of Washington.

 
 

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