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Sara L Zeigler


Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Email: szeigler@usgs.gov
Office Phone: 508-457-2350
ORCID: 0000-0002-5472-769X

Supervisor: Erika Lentz
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Atlantic coast piping plover (Charadrius melodus) nest sites are typically found on low-lying beach and dune systems, which respond rapidly to coastal processes like sediment overwash, inlet formation, and island migration that are sensitive to climate-related changes in storminess and the rate of sea-level rise. Data were obtained to understand piping plover habitat distribution and use along their Atlantic Coast breeding range. A smartphone application called iPlover was developed to collect standardized data on habitat characteristics at piping plover nest locations. The application capitalized on a network of trained monitors that observe piping plovers throughout their U.S. Atlantic coast breeding range as...
As sea-level rise (SLR) affects coastal landscapes, information related to those effects will be relevant to people from diverse backgrounds, from prospective home-buyers researching their investment, to community planners evaluating facility construction for recreational beach users, to natural resource managers attempting to protect optimal habitats for shorebirds. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are at the forefront of research that is critical for decision-making, particularly through the development of models that forecast beach erosion, island geomorphology, coastal inundation, habitat suitability, and groundwater resource availability. However, the utility of these tools outside the scientific community...
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Atlantic coast piping plover (Charadrius melodus) nest sites are typically found on low-lying beach and dune systems, which respond rapidly to coastal processes like sediment overwash, inlet formation, and island migration that are sensitive to climate-related changes in storminess and the rate of sea-level rise. Data were obtained to understand piping plover habitat distribution and use along their Atlantic Coast breeding range. A smartphone application called iPlover was developed to collect standardized data on habitat characteristics at piping plover nest locations. The application capitalized on a network of trained monitors that observe piping plovers throughout their U.S. Atlantic coast breeding range as...
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Atlantic coast piping plover (Charadrius melodus) nest sites are typically found on low-lying beach and dune systems, which respond rapidly to coastal processes like sediment overwash, inlet formation, and island migration that are sensitive to climate-related changes in storminess and the rate of sea-level rise. Data were obtained to understand piping plover habitat distribution and use along their Atlantic Coast breeding range. A smartphone application called iPlover was developed to collect standardized data on habitat characteristics at piping plover nest locations. The application capitalized on a network of trained monitors that observe piping plovers throughout their U.S. Atlantic coast breeding range as...
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