Sara Adlerstein is an applied aquatic ecologist and obtained a MS at the University of Concepcion Chile and a MS and PhD at the University of Washington. She is currently an Associate Research Scientist in the School of Natural Resources & Environment, and her work focuses on environmental stressors affecting Great Lakes ecosystems. She did not pursue academic training in the arts but she has been painting for as long as she has been a scientist.
At U of M she has taught courses bridging arts and sciences at the School of Art & Design and the Residential College and has organized and participated in events to immerse the arts within the endeavors of a research university. Her works have been published in books and magazines, shown in galleries and museums in Chile, Europe, Canada and the US and are part of public and private art collections. She is currently a visiting artist at the Washington Street Gallery. Adlerstein moved to Ann Arbor with her husband in 2001 and has two sons.