Sara Cowles' first REEF survey was conducted in Hawaii at the Big Arch, also known as the Freeze Face Cave or Lone Tree Arch, on December 28, 2003. Since then, she has become an avid surveyor and citizen scientist in regions all over the world including the TWA, HAW, TEP, SOP, and CIP. Furthermore, she is also a level 5 surveyor in the TWA, HAW, and CIP and level 3 in the TEP.  Sara conducted her 1,000th survey on a REEF trip to Cozumel in December 2023.