Meet Toxicologist Sarah Allan from Alaska

Sarah Allen assesses injuries to natural resources from her post in Alaska.
Sarah Allen assesses injuries to natural resources from her post in Alaska.

Meet Toxicologist Sarah Allan from Alaska

June 4, 2018

This is an excerpt from a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month's profile is on Assessment and Restoration Division toxicologist and Alaska Regional Resource Coordinator, Sarah Allan.

Sarah wanted to work for NOAA — where a number of different programs appealed to her varied interests, meeting at the intersection between toxicology, biology, research, applied science, and public service. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work in particular were very directly related to a lot of the work NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration does — though she did not know that at the time.

“I did know that I wanted to work for an agency that was using science to improve environmental and human health,” Sarah said. “Through my work for OR&R, I have continued to carry out environmental chemistry and toxicology research and learned to apply my science background to natural resource damage assessments (NRDA) and oil spill response. I was fortunate to find a great fit for my science background, passion for the marine environment, interest in public service, and love of Alaska in the work that I do for OR&R.”

To read the entire profile, please see Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Toxicologist Sarah Allan.