Sarah Cusser, Ph.D. 

Sarah works to better understand, conserve, and restore insect communities and the essential ecosystem services they provide in natural, agricultural, and urban habitats.

As one of the terrestrial invertebrate conservation ecologists at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Sarah Cusser, Ph.D., works to better understand, conserve, and restore insect communities and the essential ecosystem services they provide in natural, agricultural, and urban habitats. In the past, Cusser has investigated pollination and decomposition services provided by insects in Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and worked on habitat restoration projects in California, Vermont, and Ohio. Cusser earned her doctorate in evolution, ecology, and behavior from University of Texas at Austin, her master’s in evolution ecology and organismal behavior from the Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pomona College. 

Research interests: landscape ecology, restoration ecology, conservation, ecosystem services, pollination ecology 

Publications

Knapp, D.A., K. Etter, & S. Cusser. 2022. Floral visitors of Deinandra increscens ssp. villosa: 2021 findings report. Unpublished report prepared for Dudek by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 20 pages.


Terrestrial Invertebrate Conservation Ecologist