Sarah Sharp

Sarah is a plant ecologist with expertise in grassy ecosystem management and conservation. She has a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to guide practical outcomes on the ground. Sarah has 16 years of experience working with the ACT Government, followed by consultancy project work. She has a strong focus on facilitating and sharing knowledge and understanding of ecological processes with the community and other stakeholders. In addition, Sarah advocates through community groups to protect, maintain and enhance grassy ecosystems.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc Dipl. Teaching (Kuring-gai CAE)

B. App. Sci. (CCAE)

M. App. Sci. (UC)

University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni Award

ACT Bushfire Council 2014–16

Weeds Advisory Group 2016–18

Friends of Grasslands 2009–18 and President 2013–16

Conservation Council Biodiversity Working Group 2009–18


Sarah worked as a senior plant ecologist with the ACT Government from 1993 to 2009, specifically in the field of lowland woodland and grassland conservation. She later worked as a consultant, preparing management guidelines and plans for management of grassy ecosystems and as a volunteer with several community groups and NGOs, including Molonglo Catchment Group. She undertook a landscape functional survey and assessment of the condition of all Canberra’s Nature Reserves for the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment in 2010.

Sarah brings experience in survey and characterisation of lowland ecosystems, scientific, management and policy advice and government and community representation. Sarah has worked closely with, and gained the respect of, land managers, researchers, agencies, community groups and the general public within the ACT/NSW southern region. Her work has resulted in: improved knowledge about the components and dynamics of grassy ecosystems; the application of improved on-ground conservation management; establishment of reserves and other protection mechanisms; and availability of information on these ecosystems. Sarah also has extensive experience in advocating for the protection of these ecosystems and working with community and stakeholders to achieve better management and protection outcomes for grassy ecosystems in the region.

Sarah has published more than 30 papers and major reports. These include two field guides on the Grassland Flora and the Woodland Flora of the Southern Tablelands (NSW and ACT).

Selected projects

Vegwatch monitoring program (MCG) including facilitation and implementation of community monitoring and data collation, processing and analysis

Monitoring of vegetation and threatened species in grasslands and other sites

On-ground site management with Friends of Grasslands and Molonglo Catchment Group


Community and stakeholder engagement

Environmental communication

Flora surveys

Landscape planning and restoration

Monitoring and evaluation

NRM program design and management

Volunteer management