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Sandra Postel March 25, 2009

Frank and Elvira Jestrab Lecture ~ March 25, 2009

Sandra Postel

"Food, Fish & Freshwater Ecosystems: Strategies for Life in a Water-Stressed World"
Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project

Photo by Todd Goodrich 2009  



Sandra PostelSandra Postel currently serves as director of the independent Global Water Policy Project.

As a leading authority and prolific author on international water issues, Postel’s work is dedicated to the creation of a more environmentally secure world in which all people and living things may thrive. She is author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity. Last Oasis appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS documentary. She has authored more than 100 articles for popular and scholarly publications and has written some 20 op-ed features that have appeared in more than 30 newspapers in the United States and abroad. She is a frequent conference speaker. In 2002, Postel was named one of the“Scientific American 50” by Scientific American, recognizing her contributions to science and technology.

Postel received a bachelors degree summa cum laude in geology and political science from Wittenberg University and masters degree with emphasis on resource economics and policy from Duke University. She has also received two honorary doctor of science degrees.