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photo of Sarah Coffin

Program - OSG Summer Scholars

Assignment - During the summer of 2017, Sarah will be working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) on assessing fishermen’s adaptations to Oregon’s marine reserves. The goal of this project is to understand the socioeconomic impacts from implementing marine reserves on fishermen in Oregon communities.

Education - Sarah is an undergraduate student at California State University, Monterey Bay. In fall 2017, she will graduate with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Statistics. After graduation, Sarah plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology to further study how psychological concepts can be applied to encourage environmental care.

Professional and research interests - Sarah believes that the solution to improved treatment of the environment begins with individual attitudes and behaviors. She hopes to use her degree in psychology to study strategies to evoke concern for the environment on a community level. By understanding what encourages individual environmental concern, Sarah hopes to provide communities with effective methods to promote daily environmentally friendly behaviors and overall improved environmental care. After gaining experience in the field, Sarah looks forward to returning to the university system as a professor in psychology.