Sally was a post-doc researcher working with Anne Van Loon on the NWO funded project ‘Adding the human dimension to hydrological drought’ (2015-2018). The project was looking to quantify the human influence on hydrological droughts. The focus was to improve our understanding of how human activities can aggravate or alleviate drought characteristics, using observation data as a first step to quantifying these influences. Therefore, the project has gathered and analysed a number of case studies from across the globe to help assess the natural hydrological situation against the human influenced situation.
Sally was also a post-doc researcher on the interdisciplinary project ‘CreativeDrought’ (Nov 2016 – July 2017). CreativeDrought was a GFRC funded project which aimed to build resilience to future droughts in a South African community using a novel approach mixing hydrological modelling and social science narratives in community based workshops. See the recent paper by Sally published in Progress in Physical Geography ‘Hydrological modelling as a tool for interdisciplinary workshops on future drought’.
Sally was also an active member of the IAHS Panta Rhei working group ‘Droughts in the Anthropocene’, an international community seeking to improve our understanding on droughts in the human-modified world, learning from case studies, global hydrological modelling and virtual models.
Before starting at Birmingham, Sally did her PhD at the University of Exeter on “Rock glaciers, climate change, and water security in the Bolivian Andes”. Prior to that, Sally did her Masters by Research in Environmental Science, building on her undergraduate Physical Geography degree at Loughborough University.
Sally is now working as postdoc at the University of Plymouth.
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