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Kyle D. Zimmer

Ph.D. North Dakota State University
OWS 359/Lab: OWS 267B
(651) 962-5244
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OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105



Aquatic ecology, focused on:

  • Community and ecosystem ecology of shallow lakes and wetlands.
  • Role of food-web interactions in the alternative stable state model for shallow lakes. 
  • Ecology of fish, aquatic invertebrates, and submerged macrophytes.
  • Biotic and abiotic factors responsible for the structure of aquatic food webs.
  • Biotic influences on species diversity in shallow lakes.
  • Stoichiometric relationships in aquatic habitats.
  • Modeling aquatic ecosystems and processes, biometry.


(Undergraduate students are indicated by *.)

  • Hanson, M.A., B.R. Herwig, K.D. Zimmer, and N. Hansel-Welch.  2016.  Rehabilitation of shallow lakes: time to adjust expectations? Submitted to Hydrobiologia doi:10.1007/s10750-016-2865-9.
  • Ramstack Hobbs, J.M., W.O. Hobbs, M.B. Edlund, N. Hoidal, K.M. Theissen, K.D. Zimmer, L. Domine, M.A. Hanson, B.R. Herwig, and J.B. Cotner. 2016. The legacy of large regime shifts in shallow lakes. Ecological Applications DOI: 10.1002/eap.1382
  • Zimmer, K.D., M.A. Hanson, and D.A. Wrubleski. 2016. Invertebrates in permanent wetlands (long-hydroperiod marshes and shallow lakes. In D. Batzer and D. Boix (eds.). Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands: An International Perspective on their Ecology. Springer.  
  • Zimmer, K.D., W.O. Hobbs, L.M. Domine, B.R. Herwig, M.A. Hanson, and J.B. Cotner. 2016. Uniform carbon fluxes in shallow lakes in alternative stable states. Limnology and Oceanography 61:330–340.
  • Hanson, M.A., C.A. Buelt*, K.D. Zimmer, B.R. Herwig, S. Bowe, and K.M. Maurer*. 2015.  Community correspondence among aquatic invertebrates, fish, and submerged aquatic plants in shallow lakes. Freshwater Science 34: 953–964.
  • Nolby, L.E.*, K.D. Zimmer, M.A. Hanson, and B.R. Herwig. 2015. Is the island biogeography model a poor predictor of biodiversity patterns in shallow lakes?  Freshwater Biology 60:870-880. 

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 389 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 42363 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kyle D. Zimmer Original laboratory, field, library or other analytical investigation under the direction of a member of the biology faculty, culminating in either a written research paper or an oral presentation. Upper class standing not required. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209, permission of the instructor and the department chair.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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