Pollution Prevention Extension Specialist
Sarah Zack develops and conducts extension and outreach activities related to the prevention of aquatic pollution, raising awareness of the impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, microplastics, and other contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) on water quality, human health, and aquatic ecosystems. These activities include working with the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office to create outreach tools to make CEC research data accessible to the public, assisting communities in developing unwanted medicine take-back programs, and leading the Sea Grant National Emerging Contaminants Community of Practice.
Since joining IISG in 2011, Sarah has received multiple awards, including an APEX Award for Publication Excellence (Green Campaigns, Programs, and Campaigns; 2014), an Outstanding Service Award from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (2016) and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Early Career Award (2019).
Sarah has a dual B.S. in zoology and biological conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in biology from Loyola University Chicago.