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Sara J. Gottlieb

Director of Freshwater Science & Strategy, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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Sara Gottlieb Sara Gottlieb, Director of Freshwater Science & Strategy, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia. © Cara Byington / The Nature Conservancy

Areas of Expertise

freshwater conservation, aquatic connectivity, conservation planning, fisheries, GIS

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Sara is the Director of Freshwater Science & Strategy for the Georgia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She has been with the Chapter since 2007, initially as Conservation Information Manager focused on providing GIS capability for the Chapter’s conservation activities throughout the state. She has provided conservation planning support to projects in Georgia and throughout the Southeast using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

Sara is the North America Eastern Division Franchise Co-Lead for the Conservation Coaches Network and Co-Lead of the Georgia Aquatic Connectivity Team. Sara is currently focused on freshwater projects in priority watersheds to improve habitat for the outstanding aquatic biodiversity found in Georgia’s rivers and streams while balancing the needs of human communities for resilient water supplies and floodplains. From 1999-2005, she was a Principal Investigator and data manager on multiple projects to monitor federally endangered species of fish in the Rio Grande in New Mexico and San Juan River in Colorado and Utah.

During graduate school, Sara was a National Sea Grant College Marine Policy Fellow in the Office of Congressman Steven LaTourette of Ohio where she helped to coordinate the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force. Sara holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and a M.S. in Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences from The University of Maryland at College Park.  

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