Sarah A. Truebe

I am a PhD student at the University of Arizona, working with Jonathan Overpeck and Julie Cole.  My major research interests include paleoclimate, monsoons, fire, drought, human-environment interaction, caves/speleology, lakes, climate variability, hydrology, and using climate/paleoclimate information to inform policy and management decisions. 

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where I learned a lot about observing the world around me from my parents, Henry Truebe, a geologist, and Laura Kosakowsky, a Maya archaeologist (I also have a brother, and from him I learned how to torment baby brothers...though he’s now 6’7” which makes that a much harder endeavor!).  Growing up with saguaros and prickly pear, I also learned to love the Sonoran Desert and the North American monsoon.  Every summer, I remember watching cumulonimbus clouds form, rain, and decay.  Pursuing this interest, I ended up at Stanford University, California, where I majored in Earth Systems, or interdisciplinary environmental/earth science and policy.  I took a fifth year to get a Master’s in Earth Systems, focused on Terrestrial Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, and Human-Environment Interaction.  For the year after that, I worked in a Paleobiology Lab, which gave me vital perspective on more recent (Holocene) environmental change and the deep time history of our planet.  It also taught me that gastropods are cool, and the end-Permian extinction was kind of a big deal.

When I’m not researching, attending classes or seminars, or otherwise engaged in scholarly activity, I enjoy playing piccolo with the UA Wind Ensemble and volunteering with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association!


Monsoon storm from Finger Rock Trail, Tucson, Arizona

Sarah Truebe 2012