My research focuses on landscape ecology in coastal systems, with the goal of developing actionable science for the conservation of threatened and endangered species.
Sara Zeigler is a research geographer at the U.S. Geological Survey. She uses landscape modeling, geographic information systems, remote sensing classification, and (non-human) population modeling to better understand how sea-level rise and storms impact coastal species. She is involved in research projects focused on:
- Current and likely future shorebird habitat use and availability in the U.S.
- Long-term storm patterns on early successional habitats in the Outer Banks
- Sea-level rise-driven ecological and geomorphological evolution of barrier islands
- Restoration assessments and decision analysis to support management of coastal species
The results of her work are used to inform coastal management for shorebirds and other coastal species on barrier islands under current habitat conditions and possible future scenarios.
Research Geographer, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, 2018-present
Research Geographer, USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, 2016-2018
Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, 2014-2016
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2011-2014
Education and Certifications
PhD Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, 2011
MSc Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, University of Maryland, 2006
BA Environmental Science, Franklin and Marshall College, 2004