Sarah Oktay

Sarah Oktay arrived at Crested Butte in January of 2016 to become the new Director of Institutional Advancement at the Rocky Mountain Bio Lab after spending 25 years at sea level conducting research, teaching, fundraising, and communicating with the public. She has a B.S. in Marine Science and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Texas A&M University in Galveston. From 2003-2016 she has been the Executive Director of the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station which is a biological field station located 26 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. She is a chemical oceanographer by training with a doctorate from Texas A&M University in Galveston. She is an invited member of the Society of Women’s Geographers and she has been a member of many civic groups and nonprofit boards. She has received a regional Conservation Award from the Garden Club and an international award for an inner city STEM program in Massachusetts from the Organization of Biological Field Stations, of which she was president of from 2014-2016, presiding over several hundred field stations across the globe. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate recognized Sarah for her service to the community of Nantucket and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January of 2016. Her nine years of service on the Nantucket Conservation Commission has been featured in Vanity Fair, Yankee Magazine, Cape Cod Times, ABC.com, CNN, and many other news organizations.  She is currently partnering with Water Defense, a nonprofit started by actor Mark Ruffalo, to test water safety and pollution concentrations across the country. She lives with her husband in Spring Creek (Almont, CO).

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