Sarah Hendricks, Ph.D.

Senior Research Coordinator

Dr. Sarah Hendricks serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Senior Research Coordinator in Conservation Genetics. She uses advanced genomic techniques to better understand threats to global biodiversity and to promote ecosystem conservation. Her research focuses on genetics to accurately define historical range, infer how individuals move across the landscape, and identify genomic factors that influence disease risk in small, isolated, and declining populations.

Sarah applies her background in genetics and bioinformatics to determine how genomic characteristics of small populations can, over time, leave species vulnerable to further decline and extinction. She also aims to understand the genetic effects of natural hybridization, which may preserve variation and evolutionary processes leading to robust populations that are less likely to perish as species face changing environments. Her work will help identify species most at risk of entering an extinction vortex with the ultimate goal of aiding in the reintroduction and management of critically endangered species.   

Sarah earned her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from San Francisco State University, focusing her research on the coevolution of parasitic quill mites and their avian hosts. She continued her training as a research assistant at University of California, Los Angeles, where she worked on forensic genomics of red abalone along the California coast. She earned her doctorate degree at the University of Idaho, where she studied the phylogeography of the Tasmanian devil, population structure and admixture of North American wolves, and the genetics of cancer susceptibility in Catalina Island foxes. Sarah is excited to continue her career where she can combine her passion for wildlife conservation with genetics and policy.