Dr. Bridget Noreen Seegers

Dr. Bridget Noreen Seegers

  • 301.286.7017
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 616.2
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: USRA
  • Brief Bio

    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.

    Now 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). Currently, Dr. Seegers is working 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.  Dr. Seegers is an avid surfer and sailor and more recently, because of the landlocked location, a cyclist.

    Current Projects

    Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN)

    The Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) is a multi-agency project among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and EPA to develop an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms in U.S. freshwater systems. This research supports federal, state, and local partners in their monitoring efforts to assess water quality to protect aquatic and human health.

    Positions/Employment

    10/2017 - Present

    Research Scientist II

    USRA/NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, MD Ocean Ecology Lab

    Part of the Cyanobacteria Action Network (CyAN) Project. Research on satellite remote sensing of toxic Cyanobacteria blooms. Assist with project management.

    6/2016 - 10/2017

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    NASA/USRA, Goddard Space Flight Center, MD

    Part of  the Cyanobacteria Action Network (CyAN) Project. Research on satellite remote sensing of toxic Cyanobacteria blooms. Assist with project management.

    2/2015 - 2/2016

    Sea Grant Knauss Fellow

    NOAA SeaGrant, Washington D.C

    Supporting NOAA’s Science Advisory Board and the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office of Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes reviews.

    4/2006 - 6/2007

    Education program instructor

    Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego, CA

    Taught hands-on lessons to students grades K-12 from a variety, cultural, economic backgrounds.Curriculum includes tidepool ecology, kelp forest exploration, shark biology, and fish/squid dissections.

    5/2006 - 9/2006

    Staff Research Associate I

    Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, CA

    Experienced 6 weeks at sea with the Scripps Photobiology Group on an Antarctica cruise. Filtered seawater for particulate organic carbon (POC), pigments-high- performance liquid chromatography(HPLC), and particle, detrital, and soluble absorption (Ap,Ad, and As). Analyzed Ap/Ad and As filters using a Cary 100 UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Responsible for daily cruise log updates and data entry. Deployed instruments.

    5/2002 - 9/2002

    Co-owner of The Breakfast Boat,

    Self-employed, Elkhorn, WI

    Created and managed a deli-boat that served burritos, sandwiches and brownies. Responsible for advertising, financing, sales and food preparation. Sales increased throughout summer.

    Teaching Experience

    Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Fall 2009 & Spring 2012
    Taught Lab Section of General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution.  Taught Lab and Discussion Section of Humans and Their Environment.

    High School Instructor, UROK Learning Institute, San Diego, CA, October 2005 –June 2006
    Instructed a diverse group 9 th -12 th grade independent study students in a one-on- one alternative highschool setting. Taught science, math, English, and history.

    Education Program Assistant, Urban Ecology Institute, Newton, MA, June 2004 -June 2005
    AmeriCorps VISTA position. Instructed 6 th –12 th grade students from Boston public schools in urban ecology field studies focused on water quality and bird biodiversity. Developed curriculum on stormwater and macroinvertebrates. Organized and facilitated teacher professional development workshops. Assisted with biological rapid ecological assessments.

    Education Fellow, Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, MN, 2001 –2004
    Developed and taught lesson plans to students from grades 1 –12 from a variety, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Curriculum included pond studies, orienteering, animal tracking, ecology hikes and outdoor skills. Lead staff enrichments. Promoted from environmental educator.

    Teacher Assistant for Biology of Invertebrates, Winter 2001
    Assisted college students with lab work. Assisted professor with lab report grading.

    Education

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, May 2015
    • PhD in Marine Environmental Biology and Biological Oceanography. Research in an optics lab using gliders, moorings, ESPs, satellite remote sensing focused on coastal ocean dynamics and harmful algal blooms.
    University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, August 2009
    • M.S. in Water Resources Science. Thesis on Lake Superior zooplankton grazing. Courses in Limnology, Environmental Chemistry, Science Policy, and Environmental Economics.
    Carleton College, Northfield, MN, June 2001
    • B.A. in Biology with Environmental and Technology Studies concentration. Graduated with honors: magna cum laude.
     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Haskell, W., D. Hammond, M. Prokopenko, et al. E. Teel, B. Seegers, M. Ragan, N. Rollins, and B. Jones. 2019. "Net community production in a productive coastal ocean from an autonomous buoyancy‐driven glider." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124 (6): 4188-4207 [10.1029/2019jc015048]

    Smith, J., P. Connell, R. H. Evans, et al. A. G. Gellene, M. D. Howard, B. H. Jones, S. Kaveggia, L. Palmer, A. Schnetzer, B. N. Seegers, E. L. Seubert, A. O. Tatters, and D. A. Caron. 2018. "A decade and a half of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. and domoic acid along the coast of southern California." Harmful Algae, 79: 87-104 [10.1016/j.hal.2018.07.007]

    Schaeffer, B. A., J. Iiames, J. Dwyer, et al. E. Urquhart, W. Salls, J. Rover, and B. Seegers. 2018. "An initial validation of Landsat 5 and 7 derived surface water temperature for U.S. lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries." International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-17 [10.1080/01431161.2018.1471545]

    Seegers, B. N., R. P. Stumpf, B. A. Schaeffer, K. A. Loftin, and P. J. Werdell. 2018. "Performance metrics for the assessment of satellite data products: an ocean color case study." Optics Express, 26 (6): 7404 [10.1364/oe.26.007404]

    Seegers, B. N., E. N. Teel, R. M. Kudela, D. A. Caron, and B. H. Jones. 2016. "Glider and remote sensing observations of the upper ocean response to an extended shallow coastal diversion of wastewater effluent." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, [10.1016/j.ecss.2016.06.019]

    Caron, D. A., A. G. Gellene, J. Smith, et al. E. L. Seubert, V. Campbell, G. S. Sukhatme, B. Seegers, B. H. Jones, A. A. Lie, R. Terrado, M. D. Howard, R. M. Kudela, K. Hayashi, J. Ryan, J. Birch, E. Demir-Hilton, K. Yamahara, C. Scholin, M. Mengel, and G. Robertson. 2015. "Response of phytoplankton and bacterial biomass during a wastewater effluent diversion into nearshore coastal waters." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, [10.1016/j.ecss.2015.09.013]

    Seegers, B. N., J. M. Birch, R. Marin, et al. C. A. Scholin, D. A. Caron, E. L. Seubert, M. D. Howard, G. L. Robertson, and B. H. Jones. 2015. "Subsurface seeding of surface harmful algal blooms observed through the integration of autonomous gliders, moored environmental sample processors, and satellite remote sensing in southern California." Limnology and Oceanography, 60 (3): 754-764 [10.1002/lno.10082]

    Jones, B., E. Teel, B. Seegers, and M. Ragan. 2015. "Observing, Monitoring and Evaluating the Effects of Discharge Plumes in Coastal Regions." Environmental Science and Engineering, 521-538 [10.1007/978-3-319-13203-7_22]

    Non-Refereed

    Arellano, A., N. Briggs, F. Cao, et al. H. Chen, A. Dave, C. Goyens, F. Henderikx-Freitas, C. Kearney, M. Kheireddine, S. Mishra, A. Neeley, M. Omand, L. Powers, A. Reisinger, S. Rivero, B. Russel, B. Seegers, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2011. "Portfolio of Measurement, Processing, and Analysis Techniques for Optical Oceanography Data." U. Maine Ocean Optics Course 2011 Report

    Brief Bio

    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.

    Now 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). Currently, Dr. Seegers is working 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.  Dr. Seegers is an avid surfer and sailor and more recently, because of the landlocked location, a cyclist.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Haskell, W., D. Hammond, M. Prokopenko, et al. E. Teel, B. Seegers, M. Ragan, N. Rollins, and B. Jones. 2019. "Net community production in a productive coastal ocean from an autonomous buoyancy‐driven glider." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 124 (6): 4188-4207 [10.1029/2019jc015048]

    Smith, J., P. Connell, R. H. Evans, et al. A. G. Gellene, M. D. Howard, B. H. Jones, S. Kaveggia, L. Palmer, A. Schnetzer, B. N. Seegers, E. L. Seubert, A. O. Tatters, and D. A. Caron. 2018. "A decade and a half of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. and domoic acid along the coast of southern California." Harmful Algae 79 87-104 [10.1016/j.hal.2018.07.007]

    Schaeffer, B. A., J. Iiames, J. Dwyer, et al. E. Urquhart, W. Salls, J. Rover, and B. Seegers. 2018. "An initial validation of Landsat 5 and 7 derived surface water temperature for U.S. lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries." International Journal of Remote Sensing 1-17 [10.1080/01431161.2018.1471545]

    Seegers, B. N., R. P. Stumpf, B. A. Schaeffer, K. A. Loftin, and P. J. Werdell. 2018. "Performance metrics for the assessment of satellite data products: an ocean color case study." Optics Express 26 (6): 7404 [10.1364/oe.26.007404]

    Seegers, B. N., E. N. Teel, R. M. Kudela, D. A. Caron, and B. H. Jones. 2016. "Glider and remote sensing observations of the upper ocean response to an extended shallow coastal diversion of wastewater effluent." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science [10.1016/j.ecss.2016.06.019]

    Caron, D. A., A. G. Gellene, J. Smith, et al. E. L. Seubert, V. Campbell, G. S. Sukhatme, B. Seegers, B. H. Jones, A. A. Lie, R. Terrado, M. D. Howard, R. M. Kudela, K. Hayashi, J. Ryan, J. Birch, E. Demir-Hilton, K. Yamahara, C. Scholin, M. Mengel, and G. Robertson. 2015. "Response of phytoplankton and bacterial biomass during a wastewater effluent diversion into nearshore coastal waters." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science [10.1016/j.ecss.2015.09.013]

    Seegers, B. N., J. M. Birch, R. Marin, et al. C. A. Scholin, D. A. Caron, E. L. Seubert, M. D. Howard, G. L. Robertson, and B. H. Jones. 2015. "Subsurface seeding of surface harmful algal blooms observed through the integration of autonomous gliders, moored environmental sample processors, and satellite remote sensing in southern California." Limnology and Oceanography 60 (3): 754-764 [10.1002/lno.10082]

    Jones, B., E. Teel, B. Seegers, and M. Ragan. 2015. "Observing, Monitoring and Evaluating the Effects of Discharge Plumes in Coastal Regions." Environmental Science and Engineering 521-538 [10.1007/978-3-319-13203-7_22]

    Non-Refereed

    Arellano, A., N. Briggs, F. Cao, et al. H. Chen, A. Dave, C. Goyens, F. Henderikx-Freitas, C. Kearney, M. Kheireddine, S. Mishra, A. Neeley, M. Omand, L. Powers, A. Reisinger, S. Rivero, B. Russel, B. Seegers, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2011. "Portfolio of Measurement, Processing, and Analysis Techniques for Optical Oceanography Data." U. Maine Ocean Optics Course 2011 Report

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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