Dr. Sarah Strauss
Assistant Professor, Soil Microbiology
Sarah Strauss received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in biology and environmental science and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Plant Biology. Prior to her appointment at the SWFREC, she worked at the USDA-ARS Crops Pathology & Genetics Research Unit in Davis, CA and the USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Research Laboratory in Wenatchee, WA, where she gained experience in tree crops.
Her interest in soil microbiology stems from a love of the outdoors that began during her childhood in Dallas, TX. During research trips to Yellowstone National Park while an undergraduate, and then to Antarctica for her dissertation research, she became fascinated with the diversity of microorganisms in soils.