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Shon Zimmerman

Shon Zimmerman

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382

Biography

Shon Zimmerman specializes in evaluating juvenile salmonid passage and behavior at hydroelectric dams, and wetlands surveying techniques. He has recently participated in projects that assessed juvenile salmonids reach survival, deployed acoustic telemetry systems for monitoring behavior and survival for entire river systems, and applied surveying and GIS techniques for wetland restoration and monitoring. Mr. Zimmerman has improved DIDSON monitoring efficiencies for use in passage research, created new sampling methodologies used in survival and behavior studies, developed data processing automation techniques for a variety of projects, managed survey and vegetation data, and incorporated GIS into planning and post-processing. Mr. Zimmerman has expanded his areas of expertise into wetlands monitoring and restoration with the use of RTK/GPS and traditional land survey techniques and GIS. He has developed new techniques for sampling in wetlands environments and has participated in the development of a standardized set of elevation monitoring protocols for wetlands environments.

Research Interests

  • Juvenile salmonid behavior at hydroelectric dams
  • Acoustic telemetry
  • GIS techniques for wetland restoration and monitoring

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Zoology, University of Idaho, Moscow, 1997

PNNL Publications

2016

  • Diefenderfer H.L., A.B. Borde, I.A. Sinks, V.I. Cullinan, and S.A. Zimmerman. 2016. Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program: Restoration Design Challenges for Topographic Mounds, Channel Outlets, and Reed Canarygrass. PNNL-24676. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2013

  • Hughes J.S., G.E. Johnson, G.R. Ploskey, M.J. Hennen, E.S. Fischer, and S.A. Zimmerman. 2013. Optimization of Hydroacoustic Equipment Deployment at Foster Dam, 2013. PNNL-22359. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Hughes J.S., M.A. Weiland, C.M. Woodley, G.R. Ploskey, S.M. Carpenter, M.J. Hennen, and E.S. Fischer, et al. 2013. Survival and Passage of Yearling and Subyearling Chinook Salmon and Juvenile Steelhead at McNary Dam, 2012. PNNL-22788 FINAL. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., G. Batten, A.W. Cushing, J.A. Kim, G.E. Johnson, J.R. Skalski, and R.L. Townsend, et al. 2013. Survival and Passage of Juvenile Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Passing through Bonneville Dam, 2011. PNNL-22178 Final. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Weiland M.A., C.M. Woodley, G.R. Ploskey, J.S. Hughes, J.A. Kim, Z. Deng, and T. Fu, et al. 2013. Acoustic Telemetry Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage and Survival at John Day Dam, 2010. PNNL-22177. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Weiland M.A., C.M. Woodley, G.R. Ploskey, J.S. Hughes, M.J. Hennen, J.A. Kim, and Z. Deng, et al. 2013. Acoustic Telemetry Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage and Survival at John Day Dam, 2011. PNNL-22266. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2012

  • Borde A.B., R.M. Kaufmann, V.I. Cullinan, S.A. Zimmerman, R.M. Thom, and C.L. Wright. 2012. Lower Columbia River and Estuary Habitat Monitoring Study, 2011 - Final Report. PNNL-21128. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Borde A.B., V.I. Cullinan, H.L. Diefenderfer, R.M. Thom, R.M. Kaufmann, S.A. Zimmerman, and J. Sagar, et al. 2012. Lower Columbia River and Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program Reference Site Study: 2011 Restoration Analysis - FINAL REPORT. PNNL-21433. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Johnson G.E., M.J. Hennen, S.A. Zimmerman, G. Batten, S.M. Carpenter, Z. Deng, and T. Fu, et al. 2012. Survival and Passage of Yearling Chinook Salmon and Steelhead at The Dalles Dam, Spring 2011 - FINAL REPORT. PNNL-21826. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., M.A. Weiland, J.S. Hughes, C.M. Woodley, Z. Deng, T.J. Carlson, and J.A. Kim, et al. 2012. Survival and Passage of Juvenile Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Passing Through Bonneville Dam, 2010. PNNL-20835 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., S.A. Zimmerman, M.J. Hennen, G.W. Batten, and T.D. Mitchell. 2012. Hydroacoustic Estimates of Fish Density Distributions in Cougar Reservoir, 2011. PNNL-21430. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2011

  • Johnson G.E., A. Storch, J.R. Skalski, A.J. Bryson, C. Mallette, A.B. Borde, and E. Van Dyke, et al. 2011. Ecology of Juvenile Salmon in Shallow Tidal Freshwater Habitats of the Lower Columbia River, 2007-2010. PNNL-20083. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., M.A. Weiland, J.S. Hughes, C.M. Woodley, Z. Deng, T.J. Carlson, and J.A. Kim, et al. 2011. Survival and Passage of Juvenile Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Passing through Bonneville Dam, 2010. PNNL-20835. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Weiland M.A., G.R. Ploskey, J.S. Hughes, Z. Deng, T. Fu, J.A. Kim, and G.E. Johnson, et al. 2011. Acoustic Telemetry Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage and Survival Proportions at John Day Dam, 2009. PNNL-20766. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2010

  • Johnson G.E., H.L. Diefenderfer, A.B. Borde, A.J. Bryson, A. Cameron, A.M. Coleman, and C. Corbett, et al. 2010. Evaluating Cumulative Ecosystem Response to Restoration Projects in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, 2009. PNNL-19440. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2009

  • Johnson G.E., H.L. Diefenderfer, A.B. Borde, E.M. Dawley, B.D. Ebberts, G.C. Roegner, and M.T. Russell, et al. 2009. Evaluating Cumulative Ecosystem Response to Restoration Projects in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, 2008. PNNL-18677. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., M.A. Weiland, D.M. Faber, Z. Deng, G.E. Johnson, J.S. Hughes, and S.A. Zimmerman, et al. 2009. Survival Rates of Juvenile Salmonids Passing Through the Bonneville Dam and Spillway in 2008. PNNL-18748. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Sather N.K., G.E. Johnson, A. Storch, D. Teel, J.R. Skalski, T.A. Jones, and E.M. Dawley, et al. 2009. Ecology of Juvenile Salmon in Shallow Tidal Freshwater Habitats in the Vicinity of the Sandy River Delta, Lower Columbia River, 2008. PNNL-18450. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Weiland M.A., G.R. Ploskey, J.S. Hughes, Z. Deng, T. Fu, T.J. Monter, and G.E. Johnson, et al. 2009. Acoustic Telemetry Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage and Survival at John Day Dam with Emphasis on the Prototype Surface Flow Outlet, 2008. PNNL-18890. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2008

  • Ploskey G.R., J.S. Hughes, F. Khan, J. Kim, B.L. Lamarche, G.E. Johnson, and E.Y. Choi, et al. 2008. Optimization of Concurrent Deployments of the Juvenile Salmon Acoustic Telemetry System and Other Hydroacoustic Equipment at John Day Dam. PNNL-17837. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., M.A. Weiland, J.S. Hughes, S.A. Zimmerman, R.E. Durham, E.S. Fischer, and J. Kim, et al. 2008. Acoustic Telemetry Studies of Juvenile Chinook Salmon Survival at the Lower Columbia Projects in 2006. PNNL-16560. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., M.A. Weiland, J.S. Hughes, S.A. Zimmerman, R.E. Durham, E.S. Fischer, and J. Kim, et al. 2008. Survival of Juvenile Chinook Salmon Passing the Bonneville Dam Spillway in 2007. PNNL-18113. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Roegner G.C., H.L. Diefenderfer, A.B. Borde, R.M. Thom, E.M. Dawley, A.H. Whiting, and S.A. Zimmerman, et al. 2008. Protocols for Monitoring Habitat Restoration Projects in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary. PNNL-15793. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2006

  • Ploskey G.R., M.A. Weiland, S.A. Zimmerman, J.S. Hughes, K.E. Bouchard, E.S. Fischer, and C.R. Schilt, et al. 2006. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Fish Passage Through Bonneville Dam in 2005. PNNL-15944. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2005

  • Faber D.M., M.E. Hanks, S.A. Zimmerman, J.R. Skalski, and P.W. Dillingham. 2005. The Distribution and Flux of Fish in the Forebay of The Dalles Dam in 2003. PNNL-14628. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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