Sara Smith

Midwest Tribal Climate Science Liaison

Consortium Institution: 

College of Menominee Nation


Sustainable Development Institute


MS: Ecology, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, 2016
BS: Biology (Ecology and Conservation) and First Nation Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2013

Research Interests: 

Sara will serve as a direct liaison between Tribes in the Midwest, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), 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 descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.  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 entail forest ecology and dynamics, bridging the gap between science and indigenous knowledge, climate resilience education, and community outreach.