Temple is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and director of the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory. Although her undergraduate and graduate research training was in basic behavioral neuroscience, she became interested in factors that impact human ingestive behavior. Her research program focuses on several major areas, including physiological and behavioral effects of caffeine intake in children and adolescents, gender difference in effects of caffeine, food reinforcement and sensory system influences on eating in adults, and the relationship between food reinforcement and weight change over time. Temple is the mother of three children, Rachel, William and Nathan, and when she is not chasing them around, she enjoys running and singing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.
Ziegler has been the project coordinator for the Nutrition and Health Research Lab since July 2010. She is also a graduate of UB's Master of Public Health program, where she pursued a concentration in health services administration. Her eventual goal is to advance the U.S. health care system through hospital or health system leadership. Outside of the laboratory, Ziegler is pursuing her Bachelor of Nursing degree at UB. She enjoys creating and eating tasty meals and in her spare time she also enjoys cycling, playing soccer and traveling.