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Richard K. Zimmer, Ph.D.
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Organismic Biology, Ecology & Evolution
Member, Brain Research Institute
Neuroengineering Training Program
Fax Number: (310) 206-3987
Work Phone Number: (310) 206-4981
Work Phone Number: (310) 206-4981
Los Angeles, CA 90095
BiographyEcology and sensory biology of aquatic organisms; chemical signals and communication An understanding of chemical signals in the environment can lead to important insights about the ecology of aquatic organisms. Recent advances in technology provide outstanding opportunities for new discoveries, thus allowing quantification of the associations between hydrodynamic, chemical, and biological factors. Our past work on chemically-mediated interactions between organisms emphasized (1)habitat colonization, (2) predation, (3) motility and chemotaxis in microbes, and (4) chemical signal production and transmission. Current priorities include these same topics, as well as expanding work on predation to remote deep sea habitats while beginning new projects on parasite/host interactions, fertilization and sperm/egg recognition. By rigorously determining the effects of chemical signals on organisms under environmentally realistic conditions, and by integrating these findings within a larger ecological and evolutionary framework, we hope to contribute new theory and information on a wide range of topics in the aquatic sciences. Such broad integrations are intellectually and technically challenging, and our future research will include interdisciplinary investigations on numerous spatial and temporal scales.
Crimaldi John P, Zimmer Richard K The Physics of Broadcast Spawning in Benthic Invertebrates Annual review of marine science, 2013; .
Ferrer Ryan P, Zimmer Richard K Community ecology and the evolution of molecules of keystone significance The Biological bulletin, 2012; 223(2): 167-77.
Veitinger Thomas, Riffell Jeffrey R, Veitinger Sophie, Nascimento Jaclyn M, Triller Annika, Chandsawangbhuwana Charlie, Schwane Katlen, Geerts Andreas, Wunder Frank, Berns Michael W, Neuhaus Eva M, Zimmer Richard K, Spehr Marc, Hatt Hanns Chemosensory Ca2+ dynamics correlate with diverse behavioral phenotypes in human sperm The Journal of biological chemistry, 2011; 286(19): 17311-25.
Zimmer Richard K, Derby Charles D Neuroecology and the need for broader synthesis Integrative and comparative biology, 2011; 51(5): 751-5.
Himes Julie E, Riffell Jeffrey A, Zimmer Cheryl Ann, Zimmer Richard K Sperm chemotaxis as revealed with live and synthetic eggs The Biological bulletin, 2011; 220(1): 1-5.
Zimmer Richard K, Riffell Jeffrey A Sperm chemotaxis, fluid shear, and the evolution of sexual reproduction Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2011; 108(32): 13200-5.
Ferrer Ryan P, Zimmer Richard K Chemical neuroecology and community dynamics Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009; 1170(3): 450-5.
Zimmer Richard K, Fingerut Jonathan T, Zimmer Cheryl Ann Dispersal pathways, seed rains, and the dynamics of larval behavior Ecology, 2009; 90(7): 1933-47.
Krug Patrick J, Riffell Jeffrey A, Zimmer Richard K Endogenous signaling pathways and chemical communication between sperm and egg The Journal of experimental biology, 2009; 212(Pt 8): 1092-100.
Zimmer Richard K, Zimmer Cheryl Ann Dynamic scaling in chemical ecology Journal of chemical ecology, 2008; 34(7): 822-36.
Zimmer Richard K, Derby Charles D Biological bulletin virtual symposium: the neuroecology of chemical defense The Biological bulletin, 2007; 213(3): 205-7.
Ferrer Ryan P, Zimmer Richard K Chemosensory reception, behavioral expression, and ecological interactions at multiple trophic levels The Journal of experimental biology, 2007; 210(Pt 10): 1776-85.
Zimmer Richard K, Ferrer Ryan P Neuroecology, chemical defense, and the keystone species concept The Biological bulletin, 2007; 213(3): 208-25.
Riffell Jeffrey A, Zimmer Richard K Sex and flow: the consequences of fluid shear for sperm-egg interactions The Journal of experimental biology, 2007; 210(Pt 20): 3644-60.
Ferrer Ryan P, Zimmer Richard K The scent of danger: arginine as an olfactory cue of reduced predation risk The Journal of experimental biology, 2007; 210(Pt 10): 1768-75.
Spehr Marc, Schwane Katlen, Riffell Jeffrey A, Zimmer Richard K, Hatt Hanns Odorant receptors and olfactory-like signaling mechanisms in mammalian sperm Molecular and cellular endocrinology, 2006; 250(1-2): 128-36.
Krug Patrick J, Zimmer Richard K Developmental dimorphism: consequences for larval behavior and dispersal potential in a marine gastropod The Biological bulletin, 2004; 207(3): 233-46.
Spehr Marc, Schwane Katlen, Riffell Jeffrey A, Barbour Jon, Zimmer Richard K, Neuhaus Eva M, Hatt Hanns Particulate adenylate cyclase plays a key role in human sperm olfactory receptor-mediated chemotaxis The Journal of biological chemistry, 2004; 279(38): 40194-203.
Riffell, JA Krug, PJ Zimmer, RK The ecological and evolutionary consequences of sperm chemoattraction Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. , 2004; 101(13): 4501-6.
Riffell Jeffrey A, Krug Patrick J, Zimmer Richard K The ecological and evolutionary consequences of sperm chemoattraction Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2004; 101(13): 4501-6.
Spehr, M Gisselmann, G Poplawski, A Riffell, JA Wetzel, CH Zimmer, RK Hatt, H Identification of a testicular odorant receptor mediating human sperm chemotaxis Science. , 2003; 299(5615): 2054-8.
Spehr Marc, Gisselmann Gunter, Poplawski Alexandra, Riffell Jeffrey A, Wetzel Christian H, Zimmer Richard K, Hatt Hanns Identification of a testicular odorant receptor mediating human sperm chemotaxis Science (New York, N.Y.), 2003; 299(5615): 2054-8.
Fingerut, J.T., C.A. Zimmer, and R.K. Zimmer Larval swimming overpowers turbulent mixing and facilitates transmission of a marine parasite, Ecology, 2003; 83: 1241-1254.
Fingerut Jonathan T, Zimmer Cheryl Ann, Zimmer Richard K Patterns and processes of larval emergence in an estuarine parasite system The Biological bulletin, 2003; 205(2): 110-20.
Riffell, JA Krug, PJ Zimmer, RK Fertilization in the sea: the chemical identity of an abalone sperm attractant The Journal of experimental biology. , 2002; 205(Pt 10): 1439-50.
Riffell Jeffrey A, Krug Patrick J, Zimmer Richard K Fertilization in the sea: the chemical identity of an abalone sperm attractant The Journal of experimental biology, 2002; 205(Pt 10): 1439-50.
Zimmer, RK Butman, CA Chemical signaling processes in the marine environment The Biological bulletin. , 2000; 198(2): 168-87.
Browne, K.A., M.N. Tamburri, and R.K. Zimmer-Faust Modeling quantitative structure - activity relationships between animal behaviour and environmental signal molecules, Journal of Experimental Biology, 1998; 201: 245-258.
Zimmer-Faust, R.K., C.M. Finelli, N.D. Pentcheff, and D.S. Wethey Odor plumes and animal navigation in turbulent water flow: A field study, Biological Bulletin, 1995; 188: 511-516.
Zimmer-Faust, R.K., and M.N. Tamburri Chemical identity and ecological implications of a waterborne, larval settlement cue, Limnology and Oceanography, 1994; 39: 1075-1087.
Turner, E.J., R.K. Zimmer-Faust, M.A. Palmer, and M. Luckenbach Settlement of oyster (Crassostrea virginica) larvae: Effects of water flow and a water-soluble chemical cue, Limnology and Oceanography, 1994; 39: 1579-1593.
Weissburg, M.J., and R.K. Zimmer-Faust Life and death in moving fluids: Hydrodynamic effects on chemosensory-mediated predation, Ecology, 1993; 74: 1428-1443.