Shelby Ziegler

Postdoctoral Associate
Byers Lab

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PhD Ecology. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020
BS Biology, College of William and Mary, 2013

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2020, UNC Graduate School Horizon Award (for significant research that will contribute to the state of North Carolina)
2018, Rutgers University Marine Field Station Visiting Scientist Award
2017-2018, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Scholar


Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Western Society of Naturalists, Benthic Ecology Meeting Society, Society of Women in Marine Science, Sigma Xi, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER, California Estuarine Research Society

Selected Publications

Ziegler, S. L., L. R. Clance, A. R. McMains, M. D. Miller, and F. J. Fodrie. 2021. Influence of marsh island size on nekton communities: intermediate optima rather than SLOSS. Marine Ecology Progress Series. doi: 10.3354/meps13780

Ziegler, S. L., R. Baker, S. C. Crosby, M. A. Barbeau, J. Cebrian, D. D. Colombano, R. M. Connolly, L.A. Deegan, B. L. Gilby, D. Mallick, C. W. Martin, J. A. Nelson, J. F. Reinhardt, C.A. Simenstad, N. J. Waltham, T. A. Worthington, and L. P. Rozas. 2021. Geographic variation in salt marsh structure and function for nekton: a guide to finding commonality across multiple scales. Estuaries and Coasts. 44: 1497-1507. doi:10.1007/s12237-020-00894-y

Ziegler, S. L., M. D. Miller, C. S. Smith, and F.J. Fodrie. 2021. Abiotic cycles mediate the strength of cross-boundary consumption within coastal food webs. Estuaries and Coasts. 44: 1147-1156. doi:10.1007/s12237-020-00829-7

Baker R., M. D. Taylor, K. W. Able, M. W. Beck, J. Cebrian, D. D. Colombano, R. M. Connolly, C. Currin, L. A. Deegan, I. C. Feller, B. L. Gilby, M. E. Kimball , T. J. Minello, L. P. Rozas, C. Simenstad, R. E. Turner, N. J. Waltham, M. P. Weinstein, S. L. Ziegler, P. S. E. zu Ermgassen, C. Alcott, S. B. Alford , M. Barbeau, S. C. Crosby, K. Dodds , A. Frank, J. Goeke, L. A. Goodridge Gaines, F. E. Hardcastle, C. J. Henderson, W. R. James, M. D. Kenworthy, J. Lesser, D. Mallick, C. W. Martin, A. E. McDonald, C. McLuckie, B. H. Morrison, J. A. Nelson, G. S. Norris, J. Ollerhead, J. W. Pahl, S. Ramsden, J. S. Rehage, J. F. Reinhardt, R. J. Rezek, L. M. Risse, J. A. M. Smith, E. L. Sparks, and L. W. Staver. 2020. Fisheries rely on threatened salt marshes. Science 370: 670-671. doi: 10.1126/science.abe9332

Ziegler, S. L., K. W. Able, and F. J. Fodrie. 2019. Dietary shifts across biogeographic scales alter spatial subsidy dynamics. Ecosphere. 10 (12): e02980. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2980

Ziegler, S. L., J. H. Grabowski, C. J. Ballie, and F. J. Fodrie. 2018. Effects of landscape setting on oyster reef structure and function largely persist more than a decade post-restoration. Restoration Ecology. 26 (5): 933-942. doi:10.1111/rec.12651