Sally completed her PhD in Environmental Science at Duke University (North Carolina, USA) in 2010, studying the how changes in the pattern of vegetation growth on landscapes predicts changes to ecosystems. She worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University, and as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University and Teaching Scholar at Purdue University. Sally was an Assistant Professor in Surface Water Hydrology in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley from 2012-2017, before being tenured and becoming an Associate Professor and the Claire and Hseih-Wen Shen Distinguished Research Chair. In 2019, she started work at the University of Western Australia as an Associate Professor of Hydrology. Her research focuses on vegetation as a major driver of the water balance.