Sarah Gleeson

Sarah Gleeson, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Sarah Gleeson, Ph.D., is a materials scientist with expertise in plastics, carbon removal, and science communication. Her research interests include systems-level decarbonization, waste mitigation, and global materials circularity. At Project Drawdown, she is analyzing the impact of emissions reductions in the industrial sector and the techno-economic potential of engineered carbon sinks. 

Previously, Sarah was a scientist at the startup Running Tide, studying ocean carbon removal technologies through both mineral- and biomass-based platforms. She has also worked as a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, researching surfactants at liquid interfaces. She has served as a DOE reviewer and a member of the editorial board for the Emerging Voices in Education Journal, and won the Berkeley Lab SLAM competition for science communication.

Sarah earned her doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she was a recipient of the NSF GRFP fellowship and wrote her thesis on designing a nanoscale synthetic bone composite. Outside of her work, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, and making slightly lopsided pottery.