Sara Smith is the Midwest Tribal Climate Science Liaison hired by the College of Menominee Nation as part of the Sustainable Development Institute.
Sara will be stationed at the US Forest Service’s Northern Forest Research Station on the University of Minnesota campus in St. Paul, Minnesota along with our Deputy Director, Olivia LeDee. In this capacity, Sara will serve as a direct liaison between Tribes in the Midwest, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and climate science researchers to identify and address research gaps in climate, natural, and cultural resources as well as improve outreach and capacity building. Sara is a direct descendent of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology (Ecology and Conservation) and First Nation Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay as well as a Master’s of Science degree in Ecology from the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her experience is in research and development, natural resources, ecology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and working with indigenous communities in the Midwest. Sara’s interests include forest ecology and dynamics, bridging the gap between science and indigenous knowledge, climate resilience education, and community outreach.
We are excited to welcome Sara to the NE CSC!