Dr. Amy Zimmer-Faust

Amy is a Scientist in the Microbiology Department. She received her Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering and her M.S. in applied ecology, both from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Education

Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

M.S., Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

B.S., Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Amy Zimmer-Faust is a scientist at SCCWRP with experience in the application and assessment of novel indicators for microbial source identification. Her dissertation research, conducted at University of California at Los Angeles, focused on evaluating factors affecting the persistence and fate of microbial contaminants and indicators in coastal waters and sediments. Her post-doctoral research, conducted at the USEPA’s Western Ecology Division, focused on application of statistical modeling and microbial source tracking tools to improve understanding of microbial pollution dynamics in estuarine watersheds.

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher/Environmental Health Scientist, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), Western Ecology Division, USEPA, Newport, OR. 2016-2018

Doctoral Researcher, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California at Los Angeles, CA. 2012-2015

Environmental Scientist, Resource District of the Santa Monica Mountains, CA. 2012-2014

Environmental Science Intern, Larry Walker Associates, Santa Monica, CA. Summer 2011

Research Assistant, Maritime Environmental Research Center, Solomons, MD. 2010-2011

Graduate Trainee, UC Coastal Toxicology Course and Retreat, University of California, Davis, CA. Fall 2009

Honors and Awards

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Division Performance Award (2017)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Incentive Honor Award (2017)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency On the Spot Service Award (2017)

NIH Grant to attend Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Institute (QMRA), Michigan State (2016)

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA (2015)

UC Mexus Dissertation Research Grant (2015)

NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop Grant, University of Michigan (2015)

Travel Grant, Institute of the Environment, UCLA (2013, 2014)

ESE Program Fee Grant, UCLA (2012, 2013)

UCLA Regents Stipend, UCLA (2011, 2012)

UCLA Regents Registration Fee Grant, UCLA (2011, 2012)

Environmental Health Sciences/ ARCO Fellowship, UCLA (2009, 2010, 2011)

Senior Honors Research Award, UCSB (2009)

Coastal Fund Undergraduate Research Grant, UCSB (2008)

Publications


Journal Articles

Zimmer-Faust, A.G., C.A. Brown, A. Manderson. 2018. Statistical models of fecal coliform levels in Pacific Northwest estuaries for improved shellfish harvest area closure decision making. Marine Pollution Bulletin 137:360-369.

Zimmer-Faust, A.G., V. Thulsiraj, C. Marambio-Jones, Y. Cao, J.F. Griffith, P.A. Holden, J.A. Jay. 2017. Effect of freshwater sediment characteristics on the persistence of fecal indicator bacteria and genetic markers within a Southern California watershed. Water Research 119:1-11.

Riedel, T.E., A.G. Zimmer-Faust, V. Thulsiraj, T. Madi, K.T. Hanley, D.L. Ebentier, M. Byappanahalli, B. Layton, M.R. Raith, A.B. Boehm, J.F. Griffith, P.A. Holden, O.C. Shanks, S.B. Weisberg, J.A. Jay. 2014. Detection limits and cost comparisons of human-and gull-associated conventional and quantitative PCR assays in artificial and environmental waters. Journal of Environmental Management 136:112-120.

Hamilton, K.A., Chen, A., Johnson, E., Gitter, A., Kozak, A., Niquice, A., Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Weir, M. H., Mitchell, J., Gurian, P.L. 2018. Salmonella risks due to consumption of aquaculture-produced shrimp. Microbial Risk Analysis 9: 22-32.

Hafeznezami, S. Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Jun, D., Rugh, M.B., Haro, H.L., Park, A., Suh, J. W., Najm, T., Reynolds, M. D., Davis, J.A., Parhizkar, T., Jay, J.A. 2017. Remediation of Groundwater Contaminated with Arsenic Through Enhanced Natural Attenuation: Batch and Column Studies. Water Research 122: 545-556.

Thulsiraj, V., Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Jay, J.A. 2017. Use of viability-based methods for improved detection of recent fecal contamination in a coastal watershed near Tijuana, Mexico. Water, Air,& Soil Pollution 228(2): 63.

Hafeznezami, S., Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Davis, J., J.A. Jay. 2016. Adsorption and Desorption of Arsenate on Sandy Sediments from Contaminated and Uncontaminated Saturated Zones: Kinetic and Equilibrium Modeling. Environmental Pollution 215: 290-301.

Sanchez, H. M., Echeverria, C., Thulsiraj, V., Zimmer-Faust, A., Flores, A., Laitz, M., Healy, G., Mahendra, S., Paulson, S. E., Zhu, Y., Jay, J. A. 2016. Antibiotic Resistance in Airborne Bacteria near Conventional and Organic Beef Cattle Farms in California, USA. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 227(8): 280.

Riedel, T.E., Thulsiraj, V., Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Dagit, R., Krug, J., Hanley, K.T., Adaamek, K., Ebentier, D. L., Torres, R., Cobian, U., Peterson, S., Jay, J.A. 2015. Long-term monitoring of molecular markers can distinguish different seasonal patterns of fecal indicating bacteria sources. Water Research 71: 227-243.

Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Thulsiraj, V., Ferguson, D., Jay, J. 2014. Performance and specificity of the Cov-IMS/ATP method for rapid detection and enumeration of enterococci in coastal environments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80(9): 2705-2714.

Zimmer-Faust, A.G., Tamburri, M., Ambrose, R. A. 2014. Evaluation of approaches to quantify total residual oxidants in ballast water management systems employing chlorine for disinfection. Water Science and Technology 70(10): 1585-1893.

Technical Reports

Schiff, K.C., J.F. Griffith, J.A. Steele, A.G. Zimmer-Faust, J.A. Soller. 2019. Inner Cabrillo Beach Microbial Source Tracking and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA). Technical Report 1068. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.