Sarah Hession Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Michigan State University
293 Farm Lane, Room 178E
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-1055
Fax: (517) 353-1055

As a Senior Statistician, Sarah Hession assists CSTAT clients through statistical consultation on a variety of projects, including grant proposals and bid preparation as needed for project work. She also works at a more involved level as she collaborates with faculty and other researchers at MSU on grant development and sponsored research. Hession earned her B.S. in mathematics at Aquinas College and her M.S. in applied statistics (with a focus in environmental statistics) at Western Michigan University (WMU). She earned her Ph.D. in Geography at Michigan State University, focusing on physical geography and spatial statistics.

Hession has over 15 years of experience in statistical analysis of environmental data, including more than five years with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) where she developed policy related to the use of statistics in environmental monitoring and cleanup and trained hundreds of members of the regulated community, staff of the MDEQ and Michigan Department of Community Health, and Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, Hession provided consulting in environmental, ecological, and climate-related applications to both State and Federal governments and industry. Her clients included MDEQ, Michigan Department of Transportation, New Mexico Department of Transportation, EPA, EPA Gulf Ecology Division, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hession also spent six years with the Department of Geography at Michigan State University, specializing in spatial statistics applied to climate data.

Honored with the MDEQ Director’s Award and a WMU Alumni Achievement Award, Hession received a Graduate Research Fellowship through the Climate Land Interaction Program throughout her doctoral studies at MSU. She is a member of the American Statistical Association, The International Environmetrics Society, and the Association of American Geographers. Hession’s main current research focuses on the analysis of spatial data, with a particular interest in environmental and climate applications. She has published in various climatology and ecology journals and has presented her work at many national and international meetings.