Dr. Kirk Zigler

Kirk Zigler is Professor of Biology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His website can be found at new.sewanee.edu/our-faculty-staff/kirk-s-zigler/.  He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University, where he studied marine biodiversity. He subsequently worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá and at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington. After moving to Tennessee, he shifted his research focus to cave biodiversity, aiming to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes that explain the patterns of cave biodiversity observed today. He has a particular fondness for cave invertebrates including spiders, millipedes, and beetles. At the Karst Waters Institute, he aims to advance the study and conservation of cave- and karst-associated biodiversity.