Sara is a not-for-profit teacher & mentor at Mkuyu Guiding School in Tanzania, where she periodically assists in teaching ecology, environmental ethics and English language. She is currently working on her Masters research thesis in collaboration with Mkuyu to investigate African environmentalism, experiential education, and more-than-human geographies at the bush school. This will involve engaging with postcolonial African worldviews that seek to both reconnect with precolonial ecological traditions and carve out fresh environmental identities.
Coming from a conservation biology background, Sara has worked on a range of ecology projects, including her own undergraduate study of the population dynamics of platypuses, water rats, and water birds in mining catchment areas. She has also been involved in studies of Australian owls and desert bats, and elephant movements and conflict mitigation in Zambia.
At home in Australia, Sara works as a counsellor in between studying. This has included mentoring young people from mental health and refugee backgrounds, and facilitating nature-based activities as a way to overcome personal difficulties. She uses these skills to guide the Lioness Ladies Mentoring program at Mkuyu Guiding School.