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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Research Staff Member
Environmental Sciences Division
Water resources management


Dr. Michael J. Sale is a Distinguished Staff Member in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he serves as Group Leader for Water Resources and Aquatic Sciences. He is an expert in a wide range of water resources issues, particularly those related to energy development and aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Sale's academic background includes a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Illinois. He was a member of the Water Sector Assessment Team for the first National Assessment of Climate Variability and Change and was on the writing team for the recent report from the NCST/CENR Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality on "Science and technology to support fresh water availability in the United States." Dr. Sale serves on a number of other national advisory panels and technical working groups related to water resources, such as the Science Advisory Board for the Trinity River Restoration Program in California, and the Governing Board for the Low Impact Hydro Institute. He is a FellowMember of the American Water Resources Association. His current research is on the impacts of climate change and variability, emissions trading, and uncertainty in integrated assessment models.