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Sabina R Gifford


Sabina started with USGS in February 2020 and currently serves as a Physical Scientist investigating the environmental drivers of Cyanobacteria blooms in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Prior to coming to USGS, Sabina received her Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire researching the ecology and toxicity of deep-water cyanobacteria blooms occasionally found on clear New Hampshire Lakes. While conducting this research Sabina also worked with the New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, which has been working with volunteers and undergraduate interns for the past 40 years to monitor water quality on lakes around the state. 

Sabina has been studying lakes in New England and New York for the last seven years and has research expertise in cyanobacteria blooms, lake water quality monitoring, the influence of physical and chemical environment on phytoplankton community dynamics, fluorescence sensors, aquatic plant identification and monitoring.



MS in Integrative and Organismal Biology (2019) – University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

BS in Biology with Honors with a focus in Marine Biology (2012) – Stanford University, Stanford, CA

BS in Earth Systems, Oceans Track (2012) – Stanford University, Stanford, CA