Champions of Change
She serves as the Director of Citizen Science at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, CO. One of her favorite parts of this job is overseeing NEON’s Project BudBurst (, a national citizen program that was founded on the premise that every plant has a story to tell about our changing environments. Sandra is gratified that participants in Project BudBurst are from all walks of life, all ages, and all 50 states. Recently, she founded NEON’s Citizen Science Academy – an online professional development resource for educators, and she also served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Ecological Society of America’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment focused on citizen science. Sandra is a proud graduate of Oregon State University where she earned all three of her degrees.