ABOUT SARA SADRI, PHD

Coffee with Pumpkins

Sara Sadri is a Postdoctoral Science Scholar and filmmaker based in UCLA, Los Angeles, California. Her photos and films have been featured by UNESCO, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Cinema, Princeton University, New Filmmakers NYC, Toronto Green Market Planet in Focus, CBC, Smithsonian, NBC, and several others.

While a postdoctoral researcher in the Princeton Land Surface Hydrology Group focusing on low flow analysis of the Eastern United States and drought in Africa under advisors Justin Sheffield and Eric F. Wood, Sara started to blend her scientific work with films and photos to reach a broader audience. She studied documentary filmmaking at Princeton University and later, narrative and feature filmmaking at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Currently, Sara is on two projects. One is NOAA’s river hydrodynamics project which is under the supervision of Professor Dennis Lettenmaier. She is conducting research on the thermal impacts of reservoir operations on downstream stream temperatures. This is a project that includes developing a model for management of temperature releases from reservoirs in the Central Valley.
In her second project, she is working under the supervision of Professor Eric Wood from Princeton University in developing a global near real-time drought monitoring system based on observations from NASA’s soil moisture Active-Passive (SMAP) satellite.

P1050629Sara has travelled, lived, and worked in several parts of the world. In 2008 she was a guest researcher at DHI Denmark in Hørsholm. In 2010-2011, she worked as a consultant at the Department of Water and Climate of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a division of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2011-2012 she worked as a project manager and research and development coordinator at an Engineering firm in the Greater Toronto Area where she won a prestigious Canadian NSERC R&D Industrial Research fellowship. And in 2012, as a Princeton scientist and filmmaker, she worked at Mpala Wildlife Research Centre in Kenya.

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