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Dr. Sarah Peterson is a Wildlife Biologist at the Dixon Field Station.
She is broadly interested in the ecology and movement of upper trophic level predators, with a focus on birds and mammals. Additionally, she is interested in the interplay between foraging ecology and both contaminant bioaccumulation and toxicological risk. She conducted her PhD at UC Santa Cruz, where she examined how ecology and physiology influence contaminant bioaccumulation (mercury and persistent organic pollutants) in seals and sea lions.
Currently, she works as part of a large collaborative research effort to study ground-nesting waterfowl at the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. She leads a portion of the study that quantifies survival and movement of ducklings, using VHF radio-telemetry. She also quantifies the space use and movements of raccoons and skunks around duck nests using GPS technology.
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Learn about waterfowl research by scientists at the USGS Western Ecological Research Center.
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A new study by USGS scientists, in collaboration with the California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Fish and Wildlife...
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A new study by scientists from USGS in collaboration with the California Department of Water Resources has found that mercury concentrations detected...
In a study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologists put small cameras next to duck nests to determine...
In a study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologists provide a detailed approach and...