Conservation Dinner Series: Sarah Otterstrom of Paso Pacifico joins us in the elephant room after dinner to give her talk: Empowering communities for wildlife conservation in Central America. The conservation dinner series is complementary to all dinner guests. If you’d do not have a dinner reservation and would like to join, please book here. The conservation dinner series is sponsored by the Safari West Wildlife Foundation (SWWF).
About the Speaker
Sarah Otterstrom is a tropical biologist with a passion for community-based conservation. She has lived or worked in Central America as a student, scientist, and leader in biodiversity conservation for over 20 years. She received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, where her pioneering research focused on the cultural and ecological role of fires in tropical dry forests. In 2005, Otterstrom founded the non-profit organization Paso Pacifico in response to the need for place-based conservation that works at the grassroots level in partnership with communities and landowners. She has since led a coalition of non-governmental organizations, community groups, and local landowners to protect endangered sea turtles and forest wildlife, establish new nature reserves, plant thousands of native trees, and provide hands-on environmental education for children in Nicaragua. She has received numerous recognitions for this work, including a UC Davis Alumni Award and an Ashoka Fellowship for innovation and social entrepreneurship. Otterstrom spends her free time exploring the beaches and mountains of California with her children and dog.