Marketa Zimova

Ph.D. Candidate
Wildlife Biology Program
University of Montana

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Professional Address:

University of Montana
Natural Sciences 205
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the effects of environmental change on wild populations and their adaptation to novel stressors; specifically, phenological mismatches due to climate change. My graduate research combines field methods (e.g., radiotelemetry, camera trapping), statistical modeling and downscaled climate data to understand the consequences of mismatch for seasonal camouflage in color molting species. Some of my most recent work includes investigations of (i) the fitness consequences of camouflage mismatch in snowshoe hares, (ii) evolutionary shifts in response to recent warming in Scottish mountain hares, (iii) the role of phenotypic plasticity in molt phenology on camouflage mismatch across temporal and spatial gradients, (iv) the ecological significance of winter color polymorphism in Arctic foxes. I will receive my Ph.D. in the fall of 2018 and am currently seeking a postdoctoral position at the interface of ecology, evolution and applied conservation.


  •  2014- Present. Ph.D. Candidate, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT (2016- transferred fromNorth Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC).
  • 2010-2013. M.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • 2009-2010. Post-Bacc Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
  • 2006-2009. B.S., Biology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.



Zimova, M., K. Hackländer, J. M. Good, J. Melo-Ferreira, P. C. Alves and L. S. Mills. 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. read

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. Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change. Science 359:1033–1036. read


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


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. read


Mills, L. S., M. Zimova, J. Oyler, S. Running, J. T. Abatzoglou, and P. M. Lukacs. 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. read