Sarah Sandstrom

Sarah Sandstrom, CFP, PWS

Senior fisheries biologist, ecologist

Sarah is a senior fisheries biologist and wetland ecologist with experience in critical areas assessment, mitigation design, and policy development. She applies her multidisciplinary background in fisheries, watershed, and wetland sciences to analyze the effects of project-based and programmatic actions on critical area and shoreline functions. She is skilled in working collaboratively with community groups, technical committees, and decision makers in developing transparent, science-based policy and regulatory updates, having helped update shoreline master program (SMP) and critical area ordinances (CAO) and develop voluntary stewardship programs (VSP) across Washington State.

Outside of Watershed                                                                                             Water is Sarah's foundation for play as well as work. She enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, and kayaking throughout northwest rivers, the Puget Sound, and the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, Sarah has served as an Advisory Board Member for the University of Washington’s Wetland Science and Management Program in Professional and Continuing Education.


  • Certificate, Wetland Science and Management, University of Washington, 2010
  • MS, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 2008
  • BS, Biology (Concentration in Marine Biology), Duke University, 2001


  • Certified Fisheries Professional (CFP), American Fisheries Society
  • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), Society of Wetland Scientists
  • “Senior Writer” for WSDOT Biological Assessments, 2013