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Sarah Hurteau

Program Director


Over the past seventeen years, Sarah has worked as a conservation ecologist fostering pragmatic solutions to a wide variety of environmental issues, most recently focused on climate adaptation and urban sustainability. Her guiding principles are rooted in science-based strategies that inform activities at the nexus of research, policy, and management. Sarah is a facilitator, consensus builder and science translator who brings people together around conservation topics making science more accessible to the non-scientist. She helps communities and project partners explore new pathways to create shared goals and shared actions. Having worked for federal, state and local agencies in addition to the private and non-profit sectors, Sarah sees issues from all sides. Her unique perspective allows her to develop strategies that untangle complex environmental and social challenges.


Sarah joined SIG-NAL in 2023. She also sits on the advisory board of the University of New Mexico Geography and Sustainability Department, the Board of Supervisors for Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District, Board of Directors for Sol Housing, and is the Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Arid LID Coalition. Trained as a wildlife biologist, she always sees projects through a habitat lens, allowing her to integrate across disciplines to create holistic solutions to the complex problems we face today. Sarah has a BS in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis and a MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University. In her off time, Sarah loves to explore the natural world near and far and dedicates as much time as she can volunteering on local issues near to her heart. She is an avid Zumba attendee, but also loves to swim, bike, run, hike, and really anything that helps keep her active and fit. 

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