Marketa Zimova

NE CSC Graduate Fellow
Ph.D. Candidate


University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program


Ph.D.: Candidate, Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, 2016-present; transferred from NC State 2014-2016
MS, Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, 2010-2013)
Post-bacc studies: University of Montana, 2009-2010
B.S.: Biology, Charles University, Czech Republic, 2006-2009


Research Interests: 

I am a Ph.D. candidate and I am interested in the effects of global anthropogenic change on wild populations and their adaptation to novel stressors. I use the combination of field data and population modeling to quantify consequences of environmental change on wild species and to provide management recommendations for fostering adaptation. My current research investigates the impacts of decreased duration of snow cover on snowshoe hares and other winter white species and their responses to camouflage mismatch against increasingly more common snowless backgrounds.


  • Zimova, M., L. S. Mills, and J. J. Nowak (2016). High fitness costs of climate change induced camouflage mismatch. Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.12568.
  • Zimova, M., L. S. Mills, P. M. Lukacs and M. S. Mitchell (2014). Snowshoe hares display limited phenotypic plasticity to mismatch in seasonal camouflage. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281(1782): 20140029.
  • Mills, L. S., M. Zimova, J. Oyler, S. Running, J. T. Abatzoglou and P. M. Lukacs (2013). 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.