Sara is currently partnered with the National Park Service to assist Tonto National Monument with post-fire recovery efforts. The 2019 Woodbury Fire impacted 88% of Tonto National Monument, a park that protects Salado cliff dwellings and numerous backcountry archeological sites. Her primary responsibilities include surveying, site documentation, and applying stabilization treatments. Daily activities range from site monitoring, report writing, uploading site forms online, helping with vegetation restoration, assisting with public tours of the dwellings, and more.
Sara received her master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a specialization in Professional Archaeology and a certification in Digital Humanities. After graduating, she worked as a CRM archaeologist on Iowan prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. She also has worked in Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah on various archaeological sites. While the Midwest is her home, the exceptional archaeological history of the region brought her to Archaeology Southwest. Her interests include legacy data research, digital applications for archaeological research (i.e. photogrammetry), faunal tool analysis, feminist archaeology, experimental archaeology, social media content development, and public outreach.