Dr. Marketa Zimova


Ph.D. University of Montana, MT & North Carolina State University, NC

M.S. University of Montana, MT

B.S. Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic


Professional Experience:

Postdoctoral Fellow: Institute for Global Change Biology, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, MI


Ongoing rapid environmental transformation exposes organisms to novel stressors which can, in the absence of adaptation, contribute to population declines and extinction. My research program seeks to understand these dynamics and predict their effects on wild vertebrate populations. In my research I use a broad range of tools and approaches including intensive field surveys, museum specimens, high-resolution climate and environmental data, and advanced statistical modelling. Ultimately, the goal of my integrative research program is to better guide conservation and management of wild populations and species threatened by global environmental change.





† denotes equal contribution; * denotes undergraduate student advisee

Zimova M., D. E. Willard, B. M. Winger†, and B. C. Weeks†. Widespread shifts in bird migration phenology are decoupled from parallel shifts in morphology. Journal of Animal Ecology.DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13543.

Miranda I., I. Giska, L. Farelo, J. Pimenta, M. Zimova, J. Bryk, L. Dalén, L. S. Mills, K. Zub, J. Melo-Ferreira. Museomics dissects the genetic basis for adaptive seasonal colouration in the least weasel. Molecular Biology and Evolution msab177. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msab177

Cove, M. (and 152 others including M. Zimova). SNAPSHOT USA 2019: the first coordinated national camera trap survey of the United States. Ecology 102(6), e03353.

Giery S. T., M. Zimova, D. Drake, M. Urban. Balancing selection and drift in a polymorphic salamander metapopulation. Biology Letters 17(4): rsbl.2020.0901.

Zimova M., S. T. Giery, S. Newey, J. J. Nowak, M. Spencer, and L. S. Mills. Lack of phenological shift leads to increased camouflage mismatch in mountain hares. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287: 20201786.

Kumar, A. V., M. Zimova, J. R. Sparks, and L. S. Mills. Snow-mediated plasticity in phenology does not prevent camouflage mismatch. Oecologia 1-10, doi: 10.1007/s00442-020-04680-2.

Zimova M., L. Barnard*, B. M. Davis, A. V. Kumar, D. J. R. Lafferty, and L. S. Mills. Using remote cameras to measure seasonal molt phenology. Ecosphere 11(4):e03084.

Zimova M., A. P. K. Sirén, J. J. Nowak, A. M. Bryan, J. Ivan, T. L. Morelli, S. L. Suhrer*, J Whittington, and L. S. Mills. Local climate determines camouflage mismatch in snowshoe hares. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(3):503-5015.

Weeks B. C, D. E. Willard, M. Zimova, A. A. Ellis, M. L. Witynski, M. Hennen, and B. M. Winger. Shared morphological consequences of global warming in North American migratory birds. Ecology Letters 23(2): 316-325.

Lafferty† D. J. R., M. Zimova†, L. Clontz*, K. Hackländer, and L. S. Mills. Noninvasive measures of physiological stress are confounded by exposure. Scientific Reports 9:19170.

Zimova, M., K. Hackländer, J. M. Good, J. Melo-Ferreira, P. C. Alves and L. S. Mills. 2018. Function and underlying mechanisms of seasonal colour moulting in mammals and birds: What keeps them changing in a warming world? Biological Reviews. doi:10.1111/brv.12405.

Mills†, L. S., E. V. Bragina†, A. V. Kumar, M. Zimova, D. J. R. Lafferty, J. Feltner, B. M. Davis§, K. Hackländer, P. C. Alves, J. M. Good, J. Melo-Ferreira, A. Dietz, A. V. Abramov, N. Lopatina, and K. Fay*. 2018. Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change. Science 359:1033–1036.

Zimova, M., L. S. Mills, and J. J. Nowak. High fitness costs of climate change-induced camouflage mismatch. Ecology Letters: 10.1111/ele.12568.

Zimova, M., L. S. Mills, P. M. Lukacs, and M. S. Mitchell. Snowshoe hares display limited phenotypic plasticity to mismatch in seasonal camouflage. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281(1782): 20140029.

Mills, L. S., M. Zimova, J. Oyler, S. Running, J. T. Abatzoglou, and P. M. Lukacs. 2013. Camouflage mismatch in seasonal coat color due to decreased snow duration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(18): 7360-7365.


Title: Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Ecology, Global Change Biology
Department: Department of Biology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2676

Office address
Rankin Science South 230