Dr. Sarah Null

Aquatic Habitat, Climate, and Water Analysis (ACWA) Lab

Research Program

Our research addresses the potential to protect aquatic ecosystems while maintaining water resource benefits for people in water scarce regions, particularly the American West. Ongoing research includes improving aquatic habitat objectives in water resources systems models, evaluating tradeoffs between human and environmental water uses with uncertainty, and understanding climate change effects on water systems and habitats. Systems modeling, mathematical modeling, and field studies are methods we use to improve understanding of systems and explore promising solutions to problems. Our research informs river restoration and water resources decision-making to enhance water sustainability in an uncertain future.

In The News

Outdated Dams: When Removal Becomes an Option

Western Water Magazine, Summer 2016

Dead Seas: Great Salt Lake Faces Ruin

Greenwire, 7/11/2016

Striking a Balance on the Great Salt Lake

Union Pacific Press Release, 6/14/2016

Debate Over Yosemite’s ‘Twin Valley’ Restoration

The Guardian, 3/6/2012

Restoring Yosemite’s Twin

Science News Focus, 10/27/2006

The O’Shaughnessy Dam Debate

PBS NewsHour, 8/12/2005

Tom Philp’s Sacramento Bee Hetch Hetchy Pulitzer Prize

UC Davis Dateline, 4/8/2005

Bringing Down a Dam

Sacramento News and Review, 1/20/2005

Hetch Hetchy Reclaimed: The Dam Downstream*

Sacramento Bee, 8/29/2004

Part of a series of editorials which won an Editorial Writing Pulitzer Prize