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Shawna J Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Shawna Zimmerman is a research ecologist at the Fort Collins Science Center. Her research focuses on using genetic information to better understand conservation and management of wildlife species of conservation concern.

Shawna J Zimmerman is a Research Ecologist using genetic and genomic data to better understand the conservation needs of wildlife species. Her recently completed Ph.D. dissertation focused on using genetic information to understand the impact of past conservation actions, and to provide additional insight for potential future conservation needs for the Gunnison sage-grouse. Her current work extends similar genetic and genomic approaches to additional species of conservation concern, namely white-tailed ptarmigan and greater sage-grouse, to better understand patterns of adaptive divergence, gene flow across the landscape, conservation action impact, and population monitoring.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Colorado State University, 2019

  • M.S. in Horticulture, Oregon State University, 2010

  • B.S. in Biology, Boise State University, 2007

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