Sarah Converse is the Unit Leader of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and has a joint appointment in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Sarah's research group focuses on the development of methods for conserving populations. This typically involves two focal areas: quantitative population ecology and decision science. Her team works on a variety of taxa, but the majority of their work is focused on terrestrial vertebrates. Sarah and her team focus on applied science, with an emphasis on assisting managers of populations with decision making in the face of uncertainty and complex and conflicting societal values. They use a variety of quantitative methods for building models of populations, and often integrate statistical estimation with expert judgment for parameterizing models. Currently, Sarah and her team are working with collaborators in North America, Europe, New Zealand and the Arctic.