Other Appointments

Assistant Research Professor
School of Earth and Sustainability
Northern Arizona University

Contact Information

Call: (928) 523-2644

Email: Sara.Souther@nau.edu

Sara Souther, Ph.D.

Core Member
Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes


Sara Souther is a core member of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes and an assistant research professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability. Her research interests include population ecology and demographic modeling; local and Indigenous resource management and conservation; interacting drivers of rarity in native plant species; restoration of grassland and forested systems in the southwest; and collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation, sustainability, and land management. She has authored or co-authored 18 peer-reviewed publications on research conducted across a variety of ecosystems from Alaska to Arizona. Sara is dedicated to outreach, mentorship, and training to promote participation of underrepresented groups in STEM and advance science-based solutions for conservation challenges in an increasingly human-dominated landscape. Sara serves on the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, School of Earth and Sustainability, and is a lifetime member of the Society for Conservation Biology. 


  1. 2011- 2014

    David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  2. 2011

    P.h.D., Biology

    West Virginia University
  3. May 2003

    B.S., Biology, and B.A., Sociology and Anthropology

    West Virginia University

Professional Experience

  1. 2018-present
    Assistant Research Professor, School of Earth and Sustainability
    Northern Arizona University
  2. 2017-2018
    Research Faculty, School of Earth and Sustainability
    Northern Arizona University
  3. 2014–2016
    Assistant Professor
    West Virginia Wesleyan College


  • 2011
    David Fairchild Blaydes Biology Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship
    West Virginia University