Ph.D. in Zoology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2002
B.A. in Biology with Highest Honors, summa cum laude, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 1996
Department of Biology, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2005-present
Friday Harbor Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellow, Friday Harbor, Washington, 2003-2004
Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Naos Marine Laboratory, Panamá, 2002-2004
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Duke University, 1996-2002
Speiser, D.I., M.S. Pankey, A.K. Zaharoff, B.A. Battelle, H.D. Bracken-Grissom, J.W. Breinholt, S.M. Bybee, T.W. Cronin, A. Garm, A.R. Lindgren, N.H. Patel, M.L. Porter, M.E. Protas, A.S. Rivera, J.M. Serb, K.S. Zigler, K.A. Crandall and T.H. Oakley. 2014. Using Phylogenetically-Informed Annotation (PIA) to search for light-interacting genes in transcriptomes of non-model organisms. BMC Bioinformatics 15:350.
Zigler, K.S. and R.A. Raff. 2013. A shift in germ layer allocation is correlated with large egg size and facultative planktotrophy in the echinoid Clypeaster rosaceus. Biological Bulletin 224:192-199.
Coppard, S.E., K.S. Zigler and H.A. Lessios. 2013. Phylogeography of the sand dollar genus Mellita: cryptic speciation along the coasts of the New World. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69:1033-1042.
Niemiller, M.L. and K.S. Zigler. 2013. Patterns of cave biodiversity and endemism in the Appalachians and
Interior Plateau of Tennessee, USA. PLOS One 8:e64177.
Zigler, K.S., M. Byrne, E.C. Raff, H.A. Lessios and R.A. Raff. 2012. Natural hybridization in the sea urchin genus Pseudoboletia between species without apparent barriers to gamete recognition. Evolution 66:1695-1708.
Wakefield, K.R.* and K.S. Zigler. 2012. Obligate subterranean fauna of Carter State Natural Area, Franklin County, Tennessee. Speleobiology Notes 4:24-28.
Lessios, H.A. and K.S. Zigler. 2012. Rates of sea urchin bindin evolution. Pp. 136-143 in ‘Rapidly Evolving Genes and Genetic Systems’ edited by R. Singh, J. Xu and R. Kulathinal. Oxford University Press.
Davis, R.A.* and K.S. Zigler. 2012. Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) communities of the southern Cumberland Plateau. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 105:484-492.
Cowan, W.M.*, C.R. Croom* and K.S. Zigler. 2012. Observations of juvenile Anadara brasiliana (Bivalvia: Arcidae) on Mellita isometra (Echinoidea: Mellitidae) at St. Catherines Island, Georgia, U.S.A. Journal of Molluscan Studies 78:225-226.
Lessios, H.A., S. Lockhart, R. Collin, G. Sotil, P. Sanchez-Jerez, K.S. Zigler, A.F. Perez, M.J. Garrido, L.B. Geyer, G. Bernardi, V.D. Vacquier, R. Haroun and B.D. Kessing. 2012. Phylogeography and bindin evolution in Arbacia, a sea urchin genus with an unusual distribution. Molecular Ecology 21:130–144.
Loria, S.F.*, K.S. Zigler and J.J. Lewis. 2011. Molecular phylogeography of the troglobiotic millipede Tetracion Hoffman, 1956 (Diplopoda: Callipodida: Abacionidae). International Journal of Myriapodology 5:35-48.
Dixon, G.B.*, and K.S. Zigler. 2011. Cave-obligate biodiversity on the campus of Sewanee: The University of the South, Franklin County, Tennessee. Southeastern Naturalist 10:251-266.
Zigler, K.S. and G.M. Cooper*. 2011. Brood size of the stygobiotic asellid isopod Caecidotea bicrenata bicrenata from Franklin County, Tennessee, USA. Speleobiology Notes 3:1-3.
Shear, W.A., I.S. McPerhson, T.H. Jones, S.F. Loria* and K.S. Zigler. 2010. Chemical defense of a troglobiont milliped, Tetracion jonesi Hoffman (Diplopoda: Callipodida: Abacionidae). International Journal of Myriapodology 3:151-158.
Snowman, C.V.*, K.S. Zigler and M. Hedin. 2010. Caves as islands: Mitochondrial phylogeography of the cave-obligate spider species Nesticus barri (Araneae: Nesticidae). Journal of Arachnology 38:49-56.
Harlan, A.J.* and K.S. Zigler. 2009. The phylogenetic position of Eurycea lucifuga, the Cave Salamander, and the evolution of troglobitism and troglophilism within the genus Eurycea. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 84:77-82.
Zigler, K.S., H.A. Lessios, and R.A. Raff. 2008. Egg energetics, fertilization kinetics, and population structure in echinoids with facultatively feeding larvae. Biological Bulletin 215:191-199.
Zigler, K.S. 2008. The evolution of sea urchin sperm bindin. International Journal of Developmental Biology 52:791-796. Smith, M.S., K.S. Zigler, R.A. Raff. 2007. Evolution of non-feeding larvae: Selection vs. loss. Bioessays 29:566-571.
Zigler, K.S., M. A. McCartney, D. R. Levitan and H. A. Lessios. 2005. Sea urchin bindin divergence predicts gamete compatibility. Evolution 59:2399-2404.
Zigler, K.S. and H.A. Lessios. 2004. Speciation on the coasts of the New World: Phylogeography, reproductive isolation, and the evolution of bindin in the sea urchin genus Lytechinus. Evolution 58:1225-1241.
Zigler, K.S. and H.A. Lessios. 2003a. Evolution of bindin in the pantropical sea urchin Tripneustes: Comparisons to bindin of other genera. Molecular Biology and Evolution 20:220-231.
Zigler, K.S. and H.A. Lessios. 2003b. 250 million years of bindin evolution. Biological Bulletin 205:8-15.
Zigler, K.S., E.C. Raff, E. Popodi, R.A. Raff and H.A. Lessios. 2003. Adaptive evolution of bindin in the genus Heliocidaris is correlated with the shift to direct development. Evolution 57:2293-2302.
Zigler, K.S., M.L. Niemiller and D.B. Fenolio. 2014. Cave Biodiversity of the Southern Cumberland Plateau. National Speleological Society Convention Guidebook pp. 159-163.
Niemiller, M.L., K.S. Zigler and D.B. Fenolio. 2013. “Cave Life of TAG: A Guide to Commonly Encountered Species in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.” Published by the Biology Section of the National Speleological Society. 45 pp. ISBN:978-0-9893899-1-4.
Niemiller, M.L., D.B. Fenolio and K.S. Zigler. 2012. The Obligate Cave Fauna of Georgia. Georgia Speleological Society Bulletin 2012:6-12.
Distribution and conservation of cave biodiversity in the Valley and Ridge, co-PI, 2014-2015
Cave Conservancy Foundation ($25,000)
Conservation assessments of cave beetles and cave crayfish, co-PI, 2014-2015
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ($10,900)
Classification and georeferencing of karst resources in the Appalachian LCC, co-PI, 2013-2015
Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative ($111,000)
Conservation status of cave beetles of the Cumberland Plateau, PI, 2013-2014
Shearwater Foundation ($9000)
Conservation status of cavefishes and other cave-obligate species in Tennessee, co-PI, 2012-2013
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ($14,000)
Faculty Development Grants, 2007-2014, Sewanee: The University of the South ($31,000 total)
Center for Teaching Awards, 2005-2010, Sewanee: The University of the South ($5,000 total)
National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship Program, 2002-2004 ($31,400)
Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research, 2001 ($1000)
Duke University Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2000 ($7000)
Duke University Graduate Award for International Research, 2000 ($2000)
Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce Research Award, 2000 ($2450)
James D. Kennedy III Fellowship, 2008-2011, Sewanee: The University of the South ($15,000)
Friday Harbor Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005 ($70,000)
Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2004 ($36,000)
Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, 1998-2001 ($2700)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1996-2001
Kenyon College Honor Scholarship, 1992-1996
National Merit Scholarship, 1992-1996
Inducted into Sigma Xi, 1996
Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, 1995
Field Investigations in Biology (BIO 130), Entomology (BIO 200), Invertebrate Zoology (BIO 202), Biodiversity: Pattern and Process (BIO 211), Evolutionary Biology (BIO 213), Cave Biology (BIO 260), Developmental Biology (BIO 333), Readings in Island Ecology (ENST 140, as one of four faculty) and Island Ecology (ENST 240, as one of four faculty)
Advisor for 40 Independent Study projects, 2006-present
Advisor for nine summer research projects, 2006-present
Advisor for ten honors theses, 2009-present
Faculty advisor of an average of 21 students per semester, 2006-present
First Year Advisor, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
GreenHouse Advisor, 2007-2011, 2013-present
Chair, Department of Biology, 2014-present
Co-Director, Island Ecology Program, 2011-present
Member, Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee, 2012-2014
Member, Domain Stewardship Committee, 2011-present
Coordinator, Seabold Merit Scholarship, 2010-present
Coordinator, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship applications, 2005-present
Member, Pre-Medical Advisory Committee, 2005-2011
Member, University Lectures Committee, 2006-2011, Chair 2009-2011
Member, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Committee, 2005-2009
President, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter of Tennessee, 2009-2010
Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Fellow, 2007-2008
Invited speaker at Wayne State University (2012), Middle Tennessee State University (2013), University of North Georgia (2015)
Invited consultant to Tennessee State Wildlife Action Plan update, organized by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, 2013
Invited consultant to re-visioning of the Cave and Karst Program for the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, 2013
Proposal review for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Manuscript review for BMC Evolutionary Biology, The Biological Bulletin, Evolution, Evolution and Development, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Zoologica Scripta, Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Journal of Arachnology, Speleobiology Notes and Marine Biotechnology
Chapter review for ‘Evolution: Making Sense of Life’ by Zimmer and Emlen, 2011
National Science Foundation, Panelist, 2011, 2012
Volunteer member of Sewanee Emergency Medical Service (Tennessee Department of Health EMT-IV #33666), with additional training as a Wilderness EMT, 2007-2012