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Sarah Tominack

Dr. Sarah A. Tominack


Dr. Tominack earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi with the goal of becoming a post-secondary educator. During this time Dr. Tominack worked on understanding phytoplankton ecology in low-inflow estuaries, and the physical and chemical factors associated with Karenia brevis red tides, as well as curating and validating quality datasets from non-traditional sources. Throughout her education, Dr. Tominack developed a passion for teaching others how to master new techniques, equipment, and idea. She has translated this into her teaching philosophy that all students in the biological sciences should receive hands-on training early and often. At the University of West Florida, Dr. Tominack’s main focus is developing course content for and teaching Biology I and Biology II labs. Dr Tominack is also passionate about mentoring students outside of the classroom, serving as the Faculty Mentor for the UWF Botanical Society, as a member of graduate student thesis committees, and as a mentor for the OUR Explorers Program.

Degrees & Institutions

  • Ph.D., Marine Biology - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; 2021
  • M.S., Biology - The University of West Florida; 2014
  • B.A., Environmental Biology - University of North Alabama; 2011


Dr. Tominack's research interests and experience include:

  • Marine Microbial Ecology
  • Estuarine Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Historical Ecology
  • Regional and Local Teleconnections of Large-scale Climate Oscillations
  • Spatial-Temporal Modeling
  • Genomics
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Water Quality Assessments

Current Courses

  • BSC2010L - Biology I Lab
  • BSC2011L - Biology II Lab

Classes Taught

  • BOT4404L - Aquatic Botany Lab
  • PCB3043 - Ecology Lecture
  • PCB3043L - Ecology Lab
  • BIOL1406 - Biology I Lecture (Texas A&M - Corpus Christi)