Sarah Hatcher

PhD program, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Advisor: Professor Jill Stewart

Sarah Hatcher is a fourth-year PhD student and NSF GRFP fellow whose research focuses on the environmental and occupational health impacts of industrial animal production in North Carolina. Through recent work, she studied the presence multidrug-resistant S. aureus and MRSA in surface water near industrial animal operations. Her current research investigates pediatric exposure to zoonotic multidrug-resistant bacteria among children of industrial hog production workers in North Carolina. She has also taught and mentored students conducting recreational water quality research in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. As a native North Carolinian, Sarah is passionate about improving environmental and public health both domestically and internationally, especially via equitable, community-driven partnerships with marginalized and disadvantaged communities of the state, nation, and globe.

Research Interests:

  • water quality
  • infectious disease
  • antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • zoonotic bacteria
  • industrial animal production
  • community-based participatory research
  • environmental justice
  • service-learning
Hatcher, Sarah