Women in Science - Sarah Eason

Women in Science - Sarah Eason

Sarah Eason

Sarah Eason is next in our Women in Science series. Sarah has been with the Edwards Aquifer Authority for four years. As the lead GIS analyst for the EAA, she oversees all the mapping needs both within the organization and the external mapping needs that keep the science and conservation programs running. Eason completed her Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Systems from Texas State University and her Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies in a joint degree from Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain, University of Munster, Germany, and the Institute Superior of Statistics and Information in Lisbon, Portugal.

Besides insuring that the scientists at the EAA have every map they could ask for, Sarah also works with the City of San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program. The CoSA EAPP covers over 140,000 acres of protected land that recharges the aquifer over eight counties. Within this program, Eason and her colleagues map out the lands enrolled in the easement programs. These maps help the EAA, the City of San Antonio, and the property owners who participate in the program, preserve and protect the land in perpetuity.

Eason’s father recommended she take a GIS class. She loved it and went on to get her degree in the field. When asked why GIS, Sarah says “mapping is like a puzzle, putting together the pattern is a lot of fun.” She has the right idea, as many of our scientists have stated, she is doing something she really enjoys.

The EAA employs many women interested in science and Sarah believes that anyone, male or female, with a curiosity and desire can succeed in this field. People who are especially successful tend to be creative and come up with new ideas for many problems. This is an important trait when dealing with science and the public.

Girls who want to get involved in the science field, Eason suggests you go take a chemistry, biology, or geography course and get a broad understanding of how the world works. Understanding chemistry is key to understanding many other sciences. According to Eason, once you understand chemistry everything falls into place and you will find that biology is chemistry, geography is chemistry. Understanding how the world works makes for a long-sighted person and all of these things only help a student of the sciences.

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