Wim Kimmerer

Wim Kimmerer

( He/Him/His )
Estuary and Ocean Science Center Research Professor, Faculty Emeritus
University of Hawaii
Phone: (415) 338-3515
Email: kimmerer@sfsu.edu
Location: Estuary and Ocean Science Center

Fields: Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolution

At SF State Since: 2001 

Specialties: Aquatic ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary

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Most of the research in my lab is connected within the aquatic ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary. Our current research focuses on several main topics: mating success as a limit on population growth of zooplankton, interactions between physical dynamics of the estuary and the distribution and dynamics of planktonic organisms, the foodweb supporting delta smelt and other fish of the upper estuary, effects of introduced species, dynamics of winter run Chinook salmon, and effects of variation in freshwater flow and salinity. These programs have been funded by the Interagency Ecological Program ( IEP) for the San Francisco Estuary, the National Science Foundation, and the CALFED Bay Delta Ecosystem Restoration Program and Science Program.

  • Kimmerer, W.J., E.S. Gross, and M.L. MacWilliams. Tidal migration of estuarine zooplankton investigated using a particle-tracking model. In press, Limnology and Oceanography.
  • Kimmerer, W.J. and J.K. Thompson. 2014. Phytoplankton growth balanced by clam and zooplankton grazing and net transport into the low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary. Estuaries and Coasts, DOI 10.1007/s12237-013-9753-6. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12237-013-9753-6
  • Craig, C., W.J. Kimmerer, and C.S. Cohen. 2013. A DNA-based method for investigating feeding by copepod nauplii. Journal of Plankton Research DOI 10.1093/plankt/fbt104.
  • Vogt, R.A., T.R. Ignoffo, L.J. Sullivan, J. Herndon, J.H. Stillman, and W. Kimmerer. 2013. Feeding capabilities and limitations in the nauplii of two pelagic estuarine copepods, Pseudodiaptomus marinus and Oithona davisae. Limnology and Oceanography 58: 2145-2157.
  • Rose, K. A., W. J. Kimmerer, K. P. Edwards, and W. A. Bennett. 2013. Individual-based modeling of delta smelt population dynamics in the upper San Francisco Estuary. I. Model Description and Baseline Results. Transactions of the American Fisheries 142: 1238-1259.
  • Kimmerer, W.J. and M.J. Weaver. 2013. Vulnerability of Estuaries to Climate Change. Climate Vulnerability, R. Pielke (Ed.), Elsevier, San Diego.
  • Kimmerer, W. J., A. E. Parker, U. Lidström, and E. J. Carpenter. 2012. Short-term and interannual variability in primary production in the low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 35: 913-929.
  • Greene, V.E., L. J. Sullivan, J.K. Thompson, and W.J. Kimmerer. 2011. Grazing impact of the invasive clam Corbula amurensis on the microplankton assemblage of the northern San Francisco Estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 431:183–193
  • Gould, A.L. and Kimmerer, W.J., 2010. Development, growth, and reproduction of the cyclopoid copepod Limnoithona tetraspina in the upper San Francisco Estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 412:163-177.
  • Thomson, J., Kimmerer, W., Brown, L., Newman, K., Mac Nally, R., Bennett, W., Feyrer, F. and Fleishman, E., 2010. Bayesian change-point analysis of abundance trends for pelagic fishes in the upper San Francisco Estuary. Ecological Applications, 1431 -1448.
  • Choi, K.-H. and Kimmerer, W.J., 2009. Mating success and its consequences for population growth of an estuarine copepod. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 377:183-191.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., 2008. Losses of Sacramento River Chinook salmon and delta smelt to entrainment in water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 6:Issue 2 Article 2.
  • Bouley, P. and Kimmerer, W.J., 2006. Ecology of a highly abundant, introduced cyclopoid copepod in a temperate estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 324:219-228.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., 2006. Response of anchovies dampens effects of the invasive bivalve Corbula amurensis on the San Francisco Estuary foodweb. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 324:207-218.
  • Choi, K.H., Kimmerer, W., Smith, G., Ruiz, G.M. and Lion, K., 2005. Post-exchange zooplankton in ballast water of ships entering the San Francisco Estuary. Journal of Plankton Research, 27:707-714.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., 2005. Long-term changes in apparent uptake of silica in the San Francisco estuary. Limnology and Oceanography, 50:793-798.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., Nicolini, M.H., Ferm, N. and Peñalva, C., 2005. Chronic food limitation of egg production in populations of copepods of the genus Acartia in the San Francisco Estuary. Estuaries, 28:541–550.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., 2004. Open water processes of the San Francisco Estuary: From physical forcing to biological responses. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (Online Serial), 2:Issue 1, Article 1. http://repositories.cdlib.org/jmie/sfews/vol2/iss1/art1.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., Bennett, W.A. and Burau, J.R., 2002. Persistence of tidally-oriented vertical migration by zooplankton in a temperate estuary. Estuaries, 25:359-371.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., 2002. Physical, biological, and management responses to variable freshwater flow into the San Francisco Estuary. Estuaries, 25:1275-1290.
  • Monismith, S.G., Kimmerer, W.J., Burau, J.R. and Stacey, M.T., 2002. Structure and flow-induced variability of the subtidal salinity field in northern San Francisco Bay. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 32:3003-3019.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., Gartside, E. and Orsi, J.J., 1994. Predation by an introduced clam as the probable cause of substantial declines in zooplankton in San Francisco Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 113:81-93.
  • McKinnon, A.D., Kimmerer, W.J. and Benzie, J.A.H., 1992. Sympatric sibling species within the genus Acartia (Copepoda: Calanoida): a case study from Westernport and Port Phillip Bays, Australia. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 12:239-259.
  • Kimmerer, W.J., 1991. Predatory influences on copepod distributions in coastal waters. In: S.-I. Uye, S. Nishida and J.-S. Ho (Editor), Proceedings of the fourth international conference on Copepoda. Bull. Plankton Soc. Japan, Spec. Vol., Hiroshima, pp. 161-174.
  • Kimmerer, W.J. and McKinnon, A.D., 1987. Growth, mortality, and secondary production of the copepod Acartia tranteri in Westernport Bay, Australia. Limnology and Oceanography, 32:14-28.