Sarah Pease, PhD

Physical Scientist / Program Manager
NCCOS Program Office and Headquarters
Competitive Research Program

Pease is a Physical Scientist and Program Manager in the Competitive Research Program at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. She serves as the Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Coordinator and is a Program Manager for the Effects of Sea Level Rise (ESLR) Program.

Pease began her career in science with New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services where she worked for the Shellfish Program and the Clean Lakes Program, conducting shellfish and water quality monitoring. Pease later worked for the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, monitoring endangered species for the Piping Plover Project, before pursuing graduate research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Her graduate research focused on the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their impacts on oysters, collaborating closely with members of the Virginia oyster industry and the Virginia Department of Health. Before joining NCCOS, Pease worked in the U.S. Senate on marine policy and appropriations as a 2022 NOAA Knauss Legislative Fellow. Pease received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Environment from McGill University in Canada, and received both her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Marine Science from William & Mary (VIMS).


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