Dr. Craig Zimmermann

Dr. Craig ZimmermannEducation

Ph.D., Ecology,
University of Tennessee

M.S., Forestry,
University of Georgia

B.S., Forestry,
Louisiana State University

Professional Experience

2014-2016, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
2008-2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Rogers State University

2004-2008, Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University

2002-2003, Research Associate, School of Forestry
University of Georgia

2001, Instructor, Department of Biology
State University of New York at Farmingdale

1994-2000, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee

1991-1993, Research Technician, School of Forest Resources
University of Georgia

1988-1990, Forester, Resource Management Service
Birmingham, AL

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. On the nature of the assembly trajectory. Ecological Assembly Rules – Perspectives, Advances, Retreats (editors: P. Keddy and E. Weir). Cambridge University Press.

Published Abstracts

Morse-Heenan, R. and R. Zimmermann. 2011. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, Vol 91.

Zimmermann, C.R. 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., 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 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., 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.

Presentations

Gartner, C. Thomas, L. Anderson, J. Dosch, K. Geedey, D. Hornbach, K. Lyons, J.L. Machado, C. Mankiewicz, R. Schultz, C.R. Zimmermann. 2013. Decomposition in aquatic and terrestrial invaded systems. Annual EREN All Members Meeting, Rock Island, IL.

Gartner, C. Thomas, L. Anderson, J. Dosch, K. Geedey, D. Hornbach, K. Lyons, J.L. Machado, C. Mankiewicz, R. Schultz, C.R. Zimmermann. 2013. Decomposition in aquatic and terrestrial invaded systems. Annual Meeting of ESA, Minneapolis, MN.

Bowne, D.R., Bloch, C.P., Chambers, R.M., Druckenbrod, D.L., Dosch, J.J., Fredericksen, T.S., Garneau, D.E., Genet, K.S., Kish, P.A., Kolozsvary, M.B., Kuserk, F., Lindquist, E.S., Mankiewicz, C., March, J.G., Muir, T.J., Murray, K.G., Simmons, J.A. Urban, R.A., Zimmermann, C.R. 2013. Population structure of freshwater turtles across North America. Annual Meeting of ESA, Minneapolis, MN.

Cheek, M. and C. R. Zimmermann. 2013. The effect of urbanization on the secondary sex ratio of Red-eared sliders in northeast Oklahoma. ERAN All Members Meeting,   San Antonio, TX.

Zimmermann, C.R., R. Morse-Heenan, and N. Kyralova. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities in the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Oklahoma Research Day, Edmond, OK.

Cheek, M. and C. R. Zimmermann. 2012. The effect of urbanization on the secondary sex ratio of Red-eared sliders in northeast Oklahoma. Technical Meeting of the OAS, Oklahoma, Edmond, OK.

Lowe, T. and C. R. Zimmermann. 2012. Influence of aspect and fire frequency on woody edge vegetation in shortleaf pine forests. Technical Meeting of the OAS, Edmond, OK.

Zimmermann, C.R., L. Green, J.C. Zak, B. Noblitt, and R. Hart. Using phytolith assemblages to reconstruct the history of a degraded desert grassland in Big Bend National Park. Annual Technical Meeting of the OAS, Edmond, OK.

Zimmermann, C.R., R. Morse-Heenan, and N. Kyralova. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Annual Technical Meeting of the OAS, Edmond, OK.

Zimmermann, C.R., L. Green, J.C. Zak, B. Noblitt, and R. Hart. Using phytolith assemblages to reconstruct the history of a degraded desert grassland in Big Bend National Park. Annual Meeting of ESA, Portland, OR.

Zimmermann, C.R., R. Morse-Heenan, and N. Kyralova. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities in the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Annual Meeting of ESA, Portland, OR.

Zimmermann, C.R. and R. Morse-Heenan. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Annual Meeting of ESA, Pittsburgh, PA.

Morse-Heenan, R. and C. R. Zimmermann. 2010. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities of Puerto Rico. Oklahoma Research Day, Lawton, OK.

Morse-Heenan, R. and C. R. Zimmermann. 2010. Influence of historic coffee cultivation on terrestrial snail communities in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Annual Technical Meeting of the OAS, Broken Arrow, OK.

Morse-Heenan, R. and C. R. Zimmermann. 2010. The influence of historic coffee cultivation on tropical forest snail communities. Research Day at the Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK.

Zimmermann, C.R. and M.R. Willig. Effect of disturbance on metacommunity structure of woody plants in a tabonuco forest. Annual Meeting of ESA, Memphis, TN.

Zimmermann, C.R., J. Resinger, J. Zak, and J. Sirotnak. Seasonal patterns in microbial biomass and nitrogen dynamics in degraded grasslands of Big Bend National Park. Annual Meeting of ESA, 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. Understanding microbial and nutrient dynamics of degraded grasslands in Big Bend National Park.   Conference 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 ESA, 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 ESA, Snowbird, UT.

Fukami, T., C.R. Zimmermann, and J.A. Drake. 2000. An experimentally-derived community assembly map. Annual Meeting of the ESA, 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.

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 ESA, Baltimore, MD.

Zimmermann, C. R., J.A. Drake, Y. Ahn, and G.S. Sayler. Persistence of a genetically-engineered bacterium in a soil microcosm competition study. Annual Meeting of the ESA, 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.

Zimmermann, C.R. and J.A. Drake. 1996. Evidence for self-organized criticality in a microbial microcosm population. Annual Meeting of the ESA, 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 ESA, Snowbird, UT.

Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, and J. Kolasa. Emergence of emergent properties. Annual Meeting of the ESA, Snowbird, UT.

Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, J. Looney, B. Rashleigh, and K. Rojo. 1995. Stream communities: Self-organized critical states? New Directions in Stream Ecology Conference, SREL, 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 Mentor, 2008 – present, RSU Biology Club
  • 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, 1996 – present
  • National Science Teachers Association, 2008 – present