Sarah Lester

Convening Lead Author
Florida State University

Dr. Sarah Lester joined the Science of Marine Reserves team when she conducted, with the help of numerous colleagues, the foundational global synthesis of scientific studies of biological effects within marine reserves. The data from this synthesis is the foundation of the interactive graphics in the Google Earth MPA layer. Sarah was also a contributing author on the International, United States & Latin American-Caribbean Science of Marine Reserves booklets. Sarah enjoys helping to find innovative ways to connect scientific information to diverse audiences and believes the internet and Google Earth offer exciting new opportunities to reach more and more people. Sarah is actively involved in studying the effects of marine reserve protection, in addition to conducting and coordinating research on ecosystem-based management, ecosystem services, and sustainable fisheries. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University.