Sabina is a researcher on the Flora of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra project at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She advises on several projects in the Middle East, particularly in relation to plant conservation and the development of Botanic Gardens in the region.
This appointment followed a brief period as the Royal Horticultural Society's International Conifer Registrar. As the Stanley Smith Research Fellow in Horticultural Taxonomy, she revised the text of the six volumes of the European Garden Flora. Sabina was a principal editor of the revised edition which was published as five volumes in 2011. Before this she was editor of The New Plantsman for the Royal Horticultural Society and a Research Associate at RBGE.
Sabina was one of the founder members of HORTAX and one of the principal organisers of the Third International Symposium on the Taxonomy of Cultivated Plants held in Edinburgh in 1998.