Sarah has been with the Edwards Aquifer Authority for five 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. Sarah 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 ensuring 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 150,000 acres of protected land that recharges the aquifer over eight counties. Within this program, Sarah and her colleagues monitor the lands enrolled in the easement programs. This analysis helps the EAA, the City of San Antonio, and the property owners who participate in the program preserve and protect the quality and quantity of water by keeping the land undeveloped in perpetuity.
Eason’s father brought her attention to GIS. She loved it from her first class and went on to get two degrees in the field. When asked why GIS, Sarah said “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 curiosity and a 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.
For girls who want to get involved in the science field, Sarah suggests taking chemistry, biology, geology and geography courses to get a broad understanding of how the world works. Quoting John Muir, Sarah says’ “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Understanding how systems are interrelated makes for a long-sighted person and being familiar with all of that knowledge helps a student of the sciences to many a bright future.