Sandra Postel directs the independent Global Water Policy Project and lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues, and is the first Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Postel is the author of several acclaimed books, including Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity and of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?, which has been selected for course use at more than 130 colleges and universities. She is also co-author, with Brian Richter, of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature. Postel has authored well over 100 articles for popular and scholarly publications, including Science, Natural History, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, Ecological Applications, Scientific American, and The New York Times. A 1995 Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, Postel has been awarded two honorary doctor of science degrees and, in 2002, was named one of the "Scientific American 50" for her contributions to water policy.