Sarah Federman is a Research Scientist at Plenty Unlimited Inc. Sarah develops metrics and strategies for monitoring and promoting farm health while ensuring efficient resource use; she is also the lead scientist for the company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance program and contributes to research product development.
Prior to Plenty, Sarah was with the USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. While with the USDA, she developed an indoor agriculture portfolio for the Office of the Chief Scientist and coordinated multiple conferences and workshops on agricultural R&D innovation and the new carbon economy.
Sarah received her Ph.D. from Yale University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2017 supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program. She has managed multilateral teams and collaborations in Peru, Madagascar, and Trinidad and Tobago, and received numerous grants and awards for her work.
As a consultant, Sarah developed educational materials for massive open online courses on plant biology for the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. She has additionally consulted for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing on Sino-African illicit wildlife trafficking and Earth Justice on the extent of chemical pesticide use in New York State.
It has become increasingly important to develop sustainable agriculture systems. From indoor farming to geospatial analysis to optimize farming operations, innovation in the AgTech sector will play a key role both in addressing climate challenges and ensuring proper access to food.