• The University of Western Australia (M051), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1548 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Lead, Surface and Eco- Hydrology Research Group, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering


Surface hydrology, ecohydrology, nonlinear dynamics, ecophysiology, mathematical modeling, sociohydrology, global change


Sally received her undergraduate degrees (in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Engineering) from the University of Western Australia.  She worked as an engineering consultant for several years, before starting her PhD with the support of a General Sir John Monash Award at Duke University in 2006.  Upon graduating in 2010, Sally worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton and Purdue Universities.  She was appointed Assistant Professor of Surface Hydrology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012, and promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017, at which time she was also appointed the inaugural Claire and Hsieh-Wen Shen Distinguished Research Chair.  Sally began work at the University of Western Australia in 2019.  Sally is also the recipient of the US National Science Foundation CAREER award, the American Geophysical Union Early Career Award in Hydrology, and the European Geophysical Union Jim Dooge Award for "best paper" in Hydrology and Earth System Science.  

Research interests

Sally is an ecohydrologist who asks in her research: "What do changes in ecosystems and vegetation mean for water?  What do changes in water cycling mean for life? and What consequences does the link between life and water have for human and natural systems?"

Answering these questions takes her around the world - her current projects are based in the US, Brazil, India, Ethiopia and Australia - and uses a broad suite of tools, including mathematical modeling, remote sensing, and field observations.


  • Ecohydrology
  • Surface Hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Hydraulics
  • Stormwater
  • Overland flow
  • Ecophysiology

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ecohydrology Earth & Environmental Sciences
Xylem Medicine & Life Sciences
ecophysiology Earth & Environmental Sciences
embolism Agriculture & Biology
potential evapotranspiration Earth & Environmental Sciences
Droughts Medicine & Life Sciences
Quercus Agriculture & Biology
salmonid Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A value-based model selection approach for environmental random variables

Müller, M. F. & Thompson, S. E., 2019, In : Water Resources Research. 55, 1, p. 270-283 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

uncertainty analysis
decision making
4 Citations (Scopus)

Beyond isohydricity: The role of environmental variability in determining plant drought responses

Feng, X., Ackerly, D. D., Dawson, T. E., Manzoni, S., McLaughlin, B., Skelton, R. P., Vico, G., Weitz, A. P. & Thompson, S. E., Apr 2019, In : Plant Cell and Environment. 42, 4, p. 1104-1111 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quercus douglasii
plant-water relations
overland flow
flow velocity

Evaluating definitions of salmonid thermal refugia using in situ measurements in the Eel River, Northern California

Greer, G., Carlson, S. & Thompson, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Ecohydrology. 12, 5, e2101.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

refuge habitats

Forest loss in Brazil increases maximum temperatures within 50 km

Cohn, A. S., Bhattarai, N., Campolo, J., Crompton, O., Dralle, D., Duncan, J. & Thompson, S., 14 Aug 2019, In : Environmental Research Letters. 14, 8, 15 p., 084047.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Projects 2019 2021