Sandra Postel, a leading authority on freshwater issues, is director of the
Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, Massachusetts. From 1988 until 1994, she served
as vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute with which she remains
affiliated as a Senior Fellow. Sandra is also visiting senior lecturer in Environmental
Studies at Mount Holyoke College. In November 2002, she was named one of the "Scientific
American 50" by Scientific American magazine, a new award recognizing contributions
to science and technology. She was also named a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the
Environment in 1995.
Sandra has published extensively in both popular and scholarly publications, including
Science, Natural History, Scientific American, Foreign Policy, BioScience, Ecological
Applications, Technology Review, Environmental Science and Technology, International Wildlife,
and Water International. Her article, "Troubled Waters," written for The Sciences, was
selected for the 2001 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin).
Sandra studied geology and political science at Wittenberg University and resource
economics and policy at Duke University. She has been awarded the Duke University School
of Environment's Distinguished Alumni Award, a lifetime chair with the International Water
Academy in Oslo, Norway, as well as an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Massachusetts
College of Liberal Arts.
- Rivers for Life (with Brian Richter), Island Press, 2003.
- Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? W.W. Norton, 1999.
- Last Oasis, W.W. Norton, 1992 and 1997.
- Periodic contributions to State of the World and Vital Signs