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Dr. Sarah Null

Dr. Sarah Null

Assistant Professor (water resource management, climate change)
Department: Watershed Sciences
Departmental Role: Watershed Sciences Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  NR 354
Office Phone:  435-797-1338
Fax:  435-797-1871
Utah State University
Department of Watershed Sciences
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5210

USU Selected Works


WATS 6900 - ST: Hydrologic Modeling for Watershed Sciences (T/R 2:00-4:00) (Syllabus, Spring 2014)

WATS 6900 - ST: Aquatic Ecosystem and Water Resource Systems Modeling (Syllabus, Spring 2015)

GEOG 1000 - Physical Geography (Fall) (Syllabus, Fall 2015)

GEOG 1005 - Physical Geography Lab (Fall) (Syllabus, Fall 2015)

WATS / WILD 6700 - Restoration Ecology (odd year focus is River and Riparian Restoration Ecology co-taught with Dr. Karin Kettenring; even year focus is Wetland, Grassland, and Shrubland Restoration Ecology taught by Dr. Kari Veblen and Dr. Karin Kettenring) - offered spring semesters, 9:00-10:15am.

Current Graduate Students:

Dave Betts, PhD, Watershed Science

Logan Elmore, MS, Watershed Science

Nathaniel Mouzon, MS, Watershed Science

Connor Penrod, MS, Watershed Science

James White, MS, Watershed Science

My research program addresses the potential to enhance aquatic and riparian ecosystems while maintaining water resource benefits for people in water scarce regions, particularly the American West. Specific branches of research include:

  *   evaluating climate change impacts and potential adaptations for water resources management,
  *   improving water system efficiency and reliability by modifying operations, analyzing dam removal or other changes to infrastructure, and restoring rivers,
  *   stream temperature and habitat modeling, and
  *   improving information-sharing between policy-makers, water managers, and researchers.

Field studies, mathematical models, and systems analysis are methods I use to improve understanding of systems and explore promising solutions to problems.

I received my PhD in Geography from University of California, Davis in 2008.  I then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences prior to coming to USU.  Past projects include evaluating water supply changes from removing O’Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, managing environmental water quantity and quality for coho salmon in California’s Shasta River, and evaluating the vulnerability of Sierra Nevada (CA) watersheds to climate change.  I continue to develop my research program in water resources modeling to better manage water for people and ecosystems.