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Biology Faculty

Dr. Craig ZimmermannDr. Craig Zimmermann

Associate Professor
Loshbaugh Hall, Room 207
918-343-6818
czimmermann@rsu.edu

 

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Ecology
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • M.S., Forestry
    School of Forest Resources
    University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • B.S., Forestry
    School of Forestry and Wildlife
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Professional Experience

  • 2004-2008:Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Biological Sciences
    University of Georgia, Athens GA
    Course Taught: Principles of Ecology, Laboratory Exercises in Ecology, Biology of Plants (non-majors), Writing for Biology Seminar, Ecology and Environmental Problems (non –majors); Created a laboratory curriculum for Principles of Ecology course; Coordinated lab component for Ecology and Environmental Problems; Conducted research in Big Bend National Park, TX and Luquillo Experimental Forest LTER, Puerto Rico. Findings presented in one manuscript and at three scientific conferences; Served on a number of departmental committees.
  • 2002-2003: Research Associate, School of Forestry
    University of Georgia, Athens GA
  • 2001: Instructor, Department of Biology
    State University of New York at Farmingdale
    Courses Taught: Freshman General Biology (non-majors)
  • 1994-2000: Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    Courses Taught: Laboratory Component for General Biology (majors), Introductory Biology (non-majors), General Ecology (majors), Aquatic Ecology, and Field Limnology; Conducted research on community and ecosystem properties associated with microbial bioremediation processes in laboratory microcosms.
  • 1991-1993: Research Technician, School of Forest Resources
    University of Georgia, Athen, GA
    Conducted research in forest science including several studies on forest soils and a large-scale study of the effects of global warming on the ecophysiology of loblolly pine
  • 1988-1990: Forester
    Resource Management Service

Publications

  • Michael R. Willig, Christopher P. Bloch, Nicholas Brokaw, Christopher Higgins, Jill Thompson, and C. R. Zimmermann. 2007. Cross-scale responses of biodiversity to hurricane and anthropogenic disturbance in a tropical forest. Ecosystems 10(5) 824-838.
  • Drake, J.A., M.M. Fuller, C.R. Zimmermann, and J.G.P. Gamarra. 2007. Emergence in ecological systems. In:  From Energetics to Ecosystems: the Dynamics and Structure of Ecological Systems. (N. Rooney, K.S. McCann, and D.L.G. Noakes, eds.), Springer.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., T. Fukami, and J.A. Drake. 2003. An experimentally-derived map of community assembly space. In: Unifying Themes in Complex Systems II: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Complex Systems (A. Minai and Y. Bar-Yam, eds.), Perseus Press.
  • Zimmermann, C.R. and J.A. Drake. Assembly and community self-organization. 2002. InterJournal of Complex Systems. Brief Article, Manuscript 242.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., G.S. Sayler, and J.A. Drake. 2001. Community assembly, alternate community states, and the introduction success of a bioremediative soil microorganism. In: Understanding Complexity:  Proceedings of the 2000 World Congress of the System Sciences (J. Wilby and G. Ragsdell, eds.). Kluwer Academic Press, London.
  • Fukami, T., C.R. Zimmermann, G.J. Russell, and J.A. Drake. 1999. Self-organized criticality in ecological systems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14(8): 321.
  • Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, and T. Purucker. 1999. On the nature of the assembly trajectory. Ecological Assembly Rules - Perspectives, Advances, Retreats (editors: P. Keddy and E. Weir). Cambridge University Press.

Manuscripts (In Review or Preparation)

  • C.R. Zimmermann, J. Zak, J. Resinger, C. Bell, and H. Grizzle. Understanding soil microbial biomass and nitrogen dynamics in two degraded grassland systems at Big Bend National Park. Submitted to Ecology.
  • C.R. Zimmermann and M.R. Willig. The effect of disturbance on metacommunity structure of woody plants in the tabonuco forest. To be submitted to Biotropica.

Published Abstracts

  • Zimmermann, C.R. 2003. The interaction of invasion sequence effects with a productivity gradient in assembled protist communities. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 84.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., T. Fukami, G.S. Sayler, and J.A. Drake. 2000. Community self-organization and the introduction success of a bioremediative soil microorganism. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 81.
  • Fukami, T., C.R. Zimmermann, and J.A. Drake. 2000. An experimentally derived community assembly map.  Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 81.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., J. A. Drake, A. G. Hay, R. Stapleton, Y. Ahn, and G. S. Sayler. 1998. Enhanced invasion success of multiple simultaneous introductions in a soil microcosm study. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 79.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., J.A. Drake, Y. Ahn, and G.S. Sayler. 1997. Persistence of a genetically-engineered bacterium in a soil microcosm competition study. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 78.
  • Drake, J.A., T.L. Crossman and C.R. Zimmermann. 1997. Exotic species and exotic dynamics. Bulletin of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 1997.
  • Zimmermann, C.R. and J.A. Drake. 1996. Evidence for self-organized criticality in a microbial microcosm population. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 77.
  • Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, and J. Kolasa. 1995. Emergence of emergent properties. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 76.
  • Zimmermann, C.R. and J.A. Drake. 1995. Evidence for self-organization: an exploration of dynamics near the critical state in a microcosm population. Supplement of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 76.

Meeting Presentations

  • Zimmermann, C.R. and M.R. Willig. 2006. Effect of disturbance on metacommunity structure of woody plants in a tabonuco forest. Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., J. Resinger, J. Zak, and J. Sirotnak. 2006. Seasonal patterns in microbial biomass and nitrogen dynamics in degraded grasslands of Big Bend National Park. Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.
  • Bloch, C., C.R. Zimmermann, N. Brokaw, J. Thompson, and M. Willig. 2006. Heterogeneity, scale, and biotic responses to disturbance in the Luquillo Experimental Forest: case studies from the Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot. LTER All Scientists Meeting, Estes Park, CO.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., J. Resinger, J. Zak, J. Bennett, and J. Sirotnak. 2005. Understanding microbial and nutrient dynamics of degraded grasslands in Big Bend National Park.   Annual Meeting of the Soil Ecology Society, Argonne National Lab, IL.
  • Zimmermann, C.R. 2003. The interaction of invasion sequence effects with a productivity gradient in assembled protist communities. Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Savannah, GA.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., T. Fukami, G.S. Sayler, and J.A. Drake. 2000. Community self-organization and the introduction success of a bioremediative soil microorganism. Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
  • Fukami, T., C.R. Zimmermann, and J.A. Drake. 2000. An experimentally-derived community assembly map. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., G.S. Sayler, and J.A. Drake. 2000. Community assembly, alternate community states, and the introduction success of a bioremediative soil microorganism. World Congress of the System Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, CA.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., G.S. Sayler, and J.A. Drake. 2000. Community assembly, alternate community states, and the introduction success of a bioremediative soil microorganism. NECSI 3rd International Conference on Complex Systems, Nashua, NH.
  • Drake, J.A. and C.R. Zimmermann. 1998. The structure of nature. NECSI 2nd International Conference on Complex Systems, Nashua, NH.
  • Zimmermann, C.R., J.A. Drake, A.G. Hay, R. Stapleton, Y. Ahn, and G.S. Sayler. 1998. Enhanced invasion success of multiple simultaneous introductions in a soil microcosm study. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.
  • Zimmermann, C. R., J.A. Drake, Y. Ahn, and G.S. Sayler. 1997. Persistence of a genetically-engineered bacterium in a soil microcosm competition study. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Drake, J.A., T.L. Crossman, and C.R. Zimmermann. 1997. Exotic Species and Exotic Dynamics. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, London, Ontario, CA.
  • Zimmermann, C.R. and J.A. Drake. 1996. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996. Evidence for self-organized criticality in a microbial microcosm population.  Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Providence, RI.
  • Zimmermann, C.R. and J.A. Drake. 1995. Evidence for self-organization: an exploration of dynamics near the critical state in a microcosm population. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
  • Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, and J. Kolasa. 1995. Emergence of emergent properties. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
  • Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, J. Looney, B. Rashleigh, and K. Rojo. 1995. Stream communities: Self-organized critical states?  1995. Savannah River Ecological Laboratory, Savannah, GA.

Grant Authorship

  • Management and climate controls of tobosa grassland restoration in Big Bend National Park. 2005. National Parks Ecological Research Fellowship Program. Proposal declined.
  • Self-Organized Criticality, Scale and Ecosystem Stability. 1999. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Summer Grant Award. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Proposal awarded.

Miscellaneous Teaching and Public Outreach

  • Faculty Sponsor, 2008, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society
  • Student Mentor, 2004 – 2006, TTU Honors College
  • Judge, 2005, South Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Lubbock, TX
  • Event Coordinator, 2000, Science Alliance Olympics, University of Tennessee
  • Event Assistant, 1994-1999, Science Alliance Olympics, University of Tennessee
  • Student Mentor, 1997, Ronald MacNair Minority Achievement Program, University of Tennessee
  • Student Mentor, 1994, Threshold Scholars Program, University of Tennessee
  • Project Associate, 1995, WWW Life Sciences Mathematics Archive, University of Tennessee

Academic Awards and Honors

  • Four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship
  • Rockefeller Scholarship
  • Xi Sigma Pi (Honorary Academic Society)

Professional Affiliations

  • Ecological Society of America