Sara Ernst, Whale Program intern

Sara Ernst

Whale Program intern

Sara joined the IFAW team as a Whale Program intern in April 2014, helping support IFAW’s efforts in defending whales worldwide from the numerous threats they currently face.

In her role she provides project support on a number of whale campaigns and innovative endeavors, including ship strike and entanglement mitigation efforts, helping enhance and promote the Whale Alert app, and working to obtain more adequate protection for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.  Additionally, Sara assisted NOAA with their right whale sign campaign by contacting harbormasters to motivate their participation.

Sara previously worked as a Policy Intern for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management in the Office of Water Resources, working independently to compile and design wetland profiles that could be easily comprehended by a multi-stakeholder audience for the 24 watershed planning areas within Rhode Island.

Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.  She has always known she wanted to work in the marine mammal conservation field, specifically whale conservation, and continues to work towards progressing in her career and achieving that goal.