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Sarah Peterson

   Wildlife Biologist

Sarah Peterson
Dixon Field Station
800 Business Park Drive, Suite D
Dixon, CA 95620
Phone: 530-669-5088
Fax: (707) 678-5039
Sarah Peterson

Dr. Peterson is a Wildlife Biologist at the Dixon Field Station. She is broadly interested in the ecology and movement of upper trophic level predators, with a focus on birds and mammals. Additionally, she is interested in the interplay between foraging ecology and both contaminant bioaccumulation and toxicological risk. She conducted her PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she examined how ecology and physiology influence contaminant bioaccumulation (mercury and persistent organic pollutants) in seals and sea lions.

Prior to her PhD research, Sarah worked on research projects on gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park, wild dogs in Botswana, harbor seals in the San Juan Islands of Washington, and shorebirds in the San Francisco Bay area. Additionally, Sarah has also spent a significant amount of time working as a naturalist, kayak guide, and science educator in California, Washington, and southeast Alaska.

Research Gate profile:


  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz 2015
  • M.S. Biology: Marine and Estuarine Science, Western Washington University 2008
  • B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Whitman College 2005

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