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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sarah Dance

NE CASC Graduate Fellow
Ph.D. Student
University of Wisconsin Madison

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests are wetland biogeochemistry, environmental justice, and improving STEM diversity and inclusion. As an undergraduate researcher I worked on quantifying arsenic migration into nearby waterways from organoarsenic herbicide application on sod farms. I also worked with my own tribe, the Lumbee Tribe of NC, to investigate the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the Lumbee River. My work as a graduate student is investigating the biogeochemical factors impacting manoomin (wild rice) propagation and survival with culturally relevant practices in the Great Lakes Region. Our research and outreach initiative collaborates with Native Nations, Wisconsin Sea Grant, and university researchers and outreach specialists.


Dohms, Elizabeth. "UW-Madison Student Links University With Native American Communities Through Wild Rice Research." Wisconsion Public Radio 7 Aug. 2019

Zhuikov, Marie. "Over the moon over manoomin.Wisconsin Sea Grant 17July 2019


B.S.: Environmental and Soil Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2017


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program


Graduate Engineering Research Scholar Fellow, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 2018 to Present
Undergraduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2016 to 2017