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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 Postel
Sandra Postel

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.

Selected Publications

  • 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



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