Sara Quintal

Sara N. da Silva Quintal is the Restoration Ecologist for the Buzzards Bay Coalition, helping to advance ecological restoration projects on Buzzards Bay’s rivers, marshes and lands. Since 2011, she has been managing the Coalition’s restoration projects in southeastern Massachusetts, including restoration of rivers, salt marshes, coastal salt ponds and formerly farmed cranberry bogs.
Sara grew up in New Bedford and earned a B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from University of Rhode Island with a focus on watershed science and wetland ecology. Sara was the Senior Environmental Scientist for Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, an environmental planning, consulting and engineering firm in Long Island, NY for nearly eight years. Her experience includes ecological impact and assessment, wetlands permitting, nature preserve design, habitat restoration, invasive species management, rare plant surveys, watershed modeling as well as preparation of harbor and watershed management plans. 
Sara has been a Plant Conservation Volunteer for the New England Wild Flower Society since 2007, a volunteer for the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, the past President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association in Connecticut, and the past President for the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society in New Bedford, MA. She currently serves on the Portuguese Advisory Council for the New Bedford Whaling Museum.