Yosemite National Park, Photo courtesy of Judy Bittick.

Sarah Joy Bittick, Ph.D. 

Current: Assistant Professor in Biology, Loyola Marymount University
Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia 2018-2019
PhD. Biology, UCLA 2017
B.S. Marine Biology, UCLA 2009
Sarah Joy Bittick grew up in a small town in California’s Central Valley, and the High Sierra was her early inspiration. These early outings fostered an interest in patterns in nature — how species interact with each other and how humans contribute to these interactions for better or worse.

Sarah Joy is a community ecologist with a particular focus on how multiple human-caused stressors impact trophic interactions and species diversity in nearshore marine systems. She completed her PhD at UCLA in the lab of Peggy Fong in May 2017. From 2017-2019 she was a  Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Mary O’Connor’s lab. Her research at UBC focused on informing local management of seagrass beds with research on nutrient input and community structure.