Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D. is the Director for CalTrout’s South Coast Region, which extends from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Based in San Diego, Sandra works with the South Coast Steelhead Coalition and other conservation partners regionally to recover endangered steelhead and restore their habitat in Southern California. Recovery efforts include removing large fish passage barriers, managing invasive species, improving water quality and preserving native trout populations. Sandra brings to this conservation effort a background in molecular biology, strategic planning and project management in academics and industrial R&D, most recently in the areas of renewable fuels and environmental biology. With a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Colorado and geared toward science-based conservation, Sandra has worked closely with non-profit organizations and governmental entities for the past fifteen years to secure grant funding and build interdisciplinary teams to implement environmental projects in Southern California in a coast-to-headwaters approach that is feasible in the context of urbanized coastal areas.