Director, RTC Shared Molecular Facility
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University
3150 Paradise Drive, Building 36
Tiburon, CA 92930
office phone: 415-338-3750; email sarahcoh (at) sfsu.edu
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore,
PA. Biology, B.A.
University of Washington, Seattle,
WA. Zoology, Ph.D. Advisor: R. Strathmann.
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Evolution, Ecology, Immunology, Postdoctoral. Sponsor: I. Weissman.
Marine Biological Labs, Woods Hole, MA. Molecular Evolution course, Postdoctoral.
2009 - current Associate Professor, Romberg Tiburon Center, Biology, SFSU.
2004 - current Director, Core molecular facility, Romberg Tiburon Center, SFSU.
2003 - 2009 Assistant Professor, Romberg Tiburon Center, Biology Dept, SFSU.
2002 - 2003 Research Associate, Dept. Organismic and Evolutionary Biol., Harvard University.1999 - 2001 Senior Research Fellow, National Research Council, US EPA, and Harvard, Department of Organismic
and Evolutionary Biology. Sponsors: Diane Nacci, Wayne Munns, Stephen Palumbi.
1997 - 1999 Adjunct
Assistant Professor, Zoology,
University of New Hampshire, Class of 1937, Marine Programs Professorship.
1997 - 1999 Assistant Director, Shoals Marine Lab, University of New Hampshire and Cornell University.
Honors and Awards
2011 Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
2011-2012 Half-time Sabbatical Award
2008-2009 Presidential Leave Sabbatical Award
1996-1997 Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine
Synergistic and Service Activities
-- Public and management presentations on invasive species: Co-organizer of Sitka Citizen Science BioBlitz, Sitka Science Center, Ketchikan BioBlitz 2013, Alaska SeaLife Center, Exploratorium (assistance with display development), Cape Canaveral National Seashore, RTC/SFSU Discovery Day, Tiburon Audobon, and others.
-- RTC Faculty Education Director and mentor for Secondary teacher summer research internships, CSU CeSAME STAR program at RTC and SFSU. 2009 - current.
-- Co-PI and mentor, NSF REU site grant summer fellowships, SFSU. Supplements: 2005-2009, 2012. REU site, 2009-2011. REU site renewal, 2012-2016.
-- Invited participant in NSF workshops: Comparative Immunology (Charlestown, SC, 2002), Fundulus Genomics (Charlestown, SC, 2006), Workshop on Tools for 21st Century Biology (Washington, DC, 2009), Future of EvoDevo (NESCent, Durham, NC, 2013).
-- Participant COSEE California – ‘Communicating Ocean Science Workshop’. UC Berkeley. (6/08). Member of collaborative team designing new NSF COSIA course for SFSU/RTC.
-- Proposal reviewer and panelist: NSF, EPA. Proposal reviews: NSERC, National Geographic, NOAA, Hudson River Foundation, CSUPERB, CSU COAST, French ANR. Journal reviewer: Molecular Ecology; Evolution; American Naturalist; Marine Biology; Biological Bulletin; Marine Ecology Progress Series; Aquatic Toxicology; Ecological Applications; Molecular Biology and Evolution; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology; Invertebrate Biology; Limnology and Oceanography; Proceedings of the Royal Society of London; Integrative and Comparative Biology; ICES Journal of Marine Science, Journal of the Marine Biological Association, U.K.; Ophelia; Invertebrate Biology; PSZN I: Marine Ecology; Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Journal of Fish Biology.
-- United States Congressional Intern, Washington, DC. Office of Representative Gilbert Gude, Maryland. Best student paper award, co-winner.
Field Activities and Experience
SCUBA, NAUI Open Water (1985), Advanced (1985), NOAA saturation for
week-long Aquarius mission (1993), AAUW certification as research diver.
Field work, saturation diving, and cruises
Intertidal: Pacific Northwest US, California, Atlantic Northeast US.
Subtidal: Pacific Northwest, Caribbean, Florida, California.
Saturation: Fish mating behavior, NOAA Aquarius, Ft. Pierce, Florida (1993).
Research cruise: Chemical ecology, NSF Columbus Iselin, 3 weeks, Bahamas (1993).
Teaching cruises: Monterey Bay on UNOLS Pt Sur, SF Bay cruises on Questuary: Marine Ecology classes, REU site program orientation
Selected Invited Research Presentations
University of Science, Invasive marine species, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, August 2011.
Florida Sea Grant Newell Distinguished Seminar Speaker, Adaptive genetics of coastal marine organisms, University of Central Florida, February 2010.
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Invited Life History Symposium speaker, January 2010.
AAAS Annual Meeting, SFSU, August 2009. Symposium speaker, Behavior and Evolution, San Francisco, CA.
AAAS, Co-organizer, Symposium on Changes in San Francisco Bay, August 2009.
Bodega Marine Lab, Invited seminar: Killifish adaptation and population genetics, UC Davis, Bodega Bay, CA, 2009
CALFED Seagrass special thematic poster session, Sacramento, CA, October 2008.
International Seagrass Workshop, Seagrass restoration genetics, Bamfield, Vancouver Island, BC August 2008
SFSU COSE biannual retreat, Physical biology and life history variation, RTC, Tiburon, CA. January 2008.
Estuarine Research Federation, Invited session speaker, Population genetics of estuarine organisms, Providence, RI, November 2007.
Other invited research seminars
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, Coos Bay, Oregon
USGS, Division of Water Resources, Menlo Park, California
Moss Landing Marine Labs
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oahu, Hawaii
Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
Pomona College, Claremont, California
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
Shoals Marine Laboratory, Appledore Island, Maine
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington
Boston University Marine Program, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
Sacramento State University
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York
Northeastern Marine Science Center, Nahant, Massachusetts
William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia
Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
US EPA, Atlantic Ecology Division, Narragansett, Rhode Island
San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Smithsonian Estuarine Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland
National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Selected Outreach Presentations
BAASICS4.Watershed, Google Science Fair Hangout, University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan (2013 BioBlitz, 2012 Ascidian Workshop), Villa Marin (Earth Day featured speaker), Romberg Tiburon Center, Exploratorium (inhouse staff events and invitational fundraiser), Cape Canaveral National Seashore, Seward Sea Life Center, Sitka Science Center, Alaska National Estuarine Research Reserve in Homer (Invasive species workshop presenter), Tiburon Audobon (lunch talk), San Francisco Estuary Institute, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Shoals Marine Lab.