Sarah Trainor is Associate Research Professor at the International Arctic Research Center, Director of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, Director of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium and stakeholder liaison for the UA Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning.
She specializes in assessing climate change vulnerability and documenting, planning, and evaluating climate change adaptation in Alaska and northern latitudes.  Her research also includes the study of the process of communicating climate change and wildfire science for policy and decision-making and evaluating the efficacy of programs, or boundary organizations, that focus on science communication for decision-making.
She holds an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College (1992). She has a joint appointment with the International Arctic Research Center and the Institute of Northern Engineering at UAF.