Sarah's background is in ecology and community engagement and her research interests combine the two via community participation and citizen science.
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds, Sarah worked in environmental education and ecological consultancy working with protected species in the UK. She went on to a PhD which formed part of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project and explored motivations for participation in biodiversity recording schemes and urban hedgehog habitat use.
Before joining Bath Spa, Sarah worked for wildlife charities and local authorities on community based biodiversity projects alongside freelance ecological consultancy, and GIS mapping.
Outside of academia, Sarah has recently illustrated two published books as well as two series of charity greetings cards.
- BSc (Hons) Zoology (International) - University of Leeds
- PhD - University of York
- Full member - Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM)
- Member - British Ecological Society (BES)
Other external roles
- Ecological consultant (EPS licence holder for great crested newts and dormice)
- GIS mapping specialist
Research and academic outputs
Hobbs, S.J and White, P.C.L (2016) 'Achieving positive social outcomes through participatory urban wildlife conservation projects.' Wildlife Research, 42 (7). pp. 607-617. ISSN 1035-3712
Hobbs, S.J and White, P.C.L (2012) 'Motivations and barriers in relation to community participation in biodiversity recording.' Journal for Nature Conservation, 20 (6). pp. 364-373. ISSN 1617-1381
Davies, L, Bell, J.N.B, Bone, J, Head, M, Hill, I, Howard, C, Hobbs, S.J, Jones, D.T, Power, S.A, Rose, N, Ryder, C, Seed, L, Stevens, G, Toumi, R, Voulvoulis, N and White, P.C.L (2011) 'Open Air Laboratories (OPAL): a community-driven research programme.' Environmental Pollution, 159 (8-9). pp. 2203-2210. ISSN 0269-7491
Hobbs, S.J (2012) Community participation in biodiversity monitoring. PhD thesis, University of York.