Dr. Seegers is a NASA lead on the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) project with the goal to validate a cyanobacteria algorithm for US inland waters. Cyanobacteria are an economic and human health problem impacting drinking water and recreational activities.
As an oceanographer she has worked much off the California coast on cruises and with research robots called gliders. She completed her PhD at the University of Southern California in 2015. While there, she combined in situ data with satellite remote sensing to better understand regional dynamics and events such as harmful algal blooms (HABs). Originally from Wisconsin Dr. Bridget Seegers grew up swimming and splashing in lakes and developed a love of being in, on, and around water. Dr. Seegers received her B.A in Biology from Carleton College with a concentration in Environmental Science and Technology. Then, she taught six years in a range of non-traditional classroom settings from the woods of Minnesota to inner city Boston as an AmeriCorps volunteer and at a charter high school in San Diego. She returned to school to earn a M.S. in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota as she was curious about the science and policy interface.
Dr. Seegers is passionate about outreach and education. She had a grant funded for a month long public outreach tour she created called Sippin' On Science. Sippin' on Science brought exciting NASA earth science and the CyAN project to people at restaurants, bars and breweries primarily in small towns in the lakes region of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The event included a range of engaging hands-on science activities, trivia, and an informal presentation on lakes, algae, research robots and satellite science. Sippin’ on Science broke down boundaries and created opportunities for the public to ask questions and talk to a scientist. Overall, Sippin’ on Science was an out of the ordinary event that was free and open to everyone, both adults and children.
Dr. Seegers is an avid surfer and sailor and more recently, because of the landlocked location, a cyclist.