Sara E. Cannon, PhD

Aquatic Conservation Scientist



I’m an aquatic community ecologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, situated within the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. I am also a settler living and working on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) nations.

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in rural Maryland (on the lands and waters of the Piscataway People). Southern Maryland has a vibrant maritime culture, and I grew up swimming, fishing, crabbing, fossil-hunting, and generally being in and around the water as much as physically possible. I have wanted to be a marine scientist for as long as I can remember.

I received my B.S. from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014, my M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 2017, and my Ph.D. from UBC in 2022. My graduate research took place in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Islands, where I worked with local marine resource managers to investigate how local human activities interacted with climate change to influence coral reef health.

As a postdoctoral researcher, I collaborate with First Nations knowledge-holders to produce science with and for Indigenous communities.

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