Siders studies climate change adaptation and coastal resilience policies. She combines approaches from hazards geography, sociology, law, digital humanities, and computational social science. Siders also collaborates with consulting companies and non-profit organizations to integrate climate change adaptation into disaster risk reduction and resilience efforts. Her work spans several geographic regions, including infrastructure development in the Arctic, coastal defense in the United States, and urban resilience in Europe and South-East Asia.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Siders was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy, where she worked on clean energy, science cooperation, and international engagement and capacity building in Africa, and an Associate Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, where she worked on post-Hurricane Sandy recovery. She is a research fellow with the Earth Systems Governance Program, Florida Earth Foundation, Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, and the Hoover Institution Arctic Security Initiative. She holds an A.B. in Evolutionary Biology and a J.D. from Harvard. She is a member of the California bar. She is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, currently resides in Washington, DC, and misses the cold.