Sara is a fluvial geomorphologist focusing on steep-gradient mountain rivers. She received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 2001, and her M.S. in 1989 from the University of Arizona. Her current research emphasis is on channel response to sediment loading from natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and channel restoration within fluvial systems affected by sediment influxes from wildfire, debris flows, and floods. Sara is also beginning research on large, glacial-fed braided rivers to understand the effects of climatic warming on sediment connectivity. Finally, Sara is interested in geoscience education, especially watershed literacy for non-science majors, and is developing hydrology-specific content to foster greater understanding of important water issues.
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