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Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Richard C. Zimmerman

Richard C. Zimmerman

Office Phone: (757)683-5991
E-mail: rzimmerm@odu.edu
Office Location: OCNPS 337
Lab Location: OCNPS 330, 350
Current Students: Billur Celebi, Malee Jinuntuya & Meredith L. McPherson
Curriculum Vitae
Research Group

Research Interests


Current Projects

  • Ecological physiology of marine photosynthesis
  • Metabolic regulation of carbon and nutrient dynamics in marine ecosystems
  • Radiative transfer and remote sensing of optically shallow waters
  • Ecosystem productivity and numerical modeling

Impact of Climate Warming and Ocean Carbonation on Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.)

Integrated Modeling of SAV Habitat Requirements: Improving Predictions of Water Quality on a Critical Marine Resource

Educational Background



1983 Biological Sciences, Ph.D. University of Southern California (USC)
1979 Biological Sciences, M.S. University of Southern California (USC)
1975 Biological Sciences, B.S. University of Southern California (USC)
OEAS 451W - Oceanographic Data Analysis

OEAS 495/595 - Instrumentation and Electronics for Oceanographers

OEAS 770/870 - Marine Photosynthesis

OEAS 772/872 - Aquatic Optics


Selected Publications

Hu, X., D. Burdige, and R. Zimmerman. 2012. δ13C is a signature of light availability and photosynthesis in seagrass. Limnol. Oceanogr. 57:441-448.
Mcpherson, M., V. Hill, R. Zimmerman, and H. Dierssen. 2011. The optical properties of Greater Florida Bay: implications for seagrass abundance. Estuaries and Coasts 34:1150.1160.
Burdige, D., X. Hu, and R. Zimmerman. 2010. The widespread occurrence of coupled carbonate dissolution/reprecipitation in surface sediments on the Bahamas Bank. Amer. J. Science. 310:492-521
Hill, V., and R. Zimmerman. 2010. Increasing the accuracy of remotely sensed primary production estimates for the Arctic Ocean, using passive and active sensors. Deep Sea Res. 57:1243-1254.
Dierssen, H., R. Zimmerman, D. Burdige, and L. Drake. 2010. Benthic ecology from space: optics and net primary production cross the Great Bahama Bank from seagrass and benthic algae. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 411:1-15 FEATURE ARTICLE
Pan, X., and R. Zimmerman. 2010. Modeling the vertical distributions of downwelling plane irradiance and diffuse attenuation coefficient in optically deep waters, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C08016, doi:10.1029/2009JC006039
Bachmann, C M., Montes, M. J., Fusina, R. A., Parrish, C., Sellars, J., Weidemann, A, Goode, W., Nichols, C. R., Woodward, P., McIlhany, K, Hill, V, Zimmerman, R, Korwan, D., Truitt, B., Schwarzschild, A. 2010. Bathymetry Retrieval from Hyperspectral Imagery in the Very Shallow Water Limit: A Case Study from the 2007 Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR'07) Multi-Sensor Campaign. Marine Geodesy, 33: 1, 53 - 75.
Dierssen, H., Zimmerman, R., Drake, L., Burdige, D., 2009. Potential transport of unattached benthic macroalgae to the deep sea through wind-driven Langmuir circulation. Geophys. Res. Let. 36: L04602, doi:10.1029/2008GL036188.
Dierssen, H., Zimmerman, R., Burdige, D., 2009. Optics and remote sensing of Bahamian carbonate sediment whitings and potential relationship to wind-driven Langmuir circulation. Biogeosciences 6:487-500.
Rassweiler, A., K. Arkema, D. Reed, R. Zimmerman, and M. Brzezinski. 2008. Net primary production, growth and standing crop of Macrocystis pyrifera in Southern California. Ecology 89: 2068.
Burdige, D., R.C. Zimmerman, and X. Hu. 2008. Rates of carbonate dissolution in permeable sediments estimated from pore-water profiles: The role of sea grasses. Limnol. Oceanogr. 53: 549-565.