Dr Sara Thornton

Principal Research Officer (Ecosystem Health and Social Dimensions), Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Honorary Fellow, University of Leicester

Dr Sara Thornton is a wetland social-ecologist with over 12 years of experience in wetland conservation and research. She is broadly interested in complex human-wetland relationships, environmental justice issues in wetland conservation, and the challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary working for research impact. Dr Thornton’s PhD and postdoctoral work investigated peatland fish ecology and the importance of peatland fish and fishing to community livelihoods in Indonesian Borneo. She joined the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in 2022 as a Principal Research Officer in the Ecosystem Health and Social Dimensions Team, working predominantly with the international programmes in Madagascar and Cambodia. Dr Thornton is also passionate about science communication and outreach. She has held numerous workshops and exhibitions to communicate the local and global importance of wetlands and has integrated her research into A-level curriculum appropriate materials including one book published with the Geographical Association.


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