Sarah Yarnell

Member Spotlight: Sarah Yarnell

What is your Academic Federation job title?Sarah Yarnell

Associate Professional Researcher

What is your working job title (if different)?

Research Hydrologist

In which department/unit do you work?

I work in the Center for Watershed Sciences, an interdisciplinary research unit of the John Muir Institute of the Environment.

I conduct research that integrates the traditional fields of hydrology, ecology, and geomorphology in the river environment, and I teach students about the interdisciplinary nature of watersheds. I apply this understanding of river ecosystem processes to managed systems throughout California. Two key research areas include assessing the impacts of environmental flows on river ecosystems, and incorporating process-based principles into stream restoration, including montane meadows in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges.

What do you like most about your job?

Working with diverse groups inside and outside of academia, including undergraduate and graduate students, academics at other universities, non-governmental organizations, and state and federal resource agencies.

How long have you been in your current position?

5 years.

How long have you been at UC Davis?

22 years.

Any other comments you would like to share?

Working within research here at UC Davis has been a varied and interesting experience that I enjoy!