Dr. Amy Zimmer-Faust
Dr. Amy Zimmer-Faust is a senior scientist in the Microbiology Department at SCCWRP with experience in the application and assessment of novel indicators for microbial source identification. Her dissertation research, conducted at the University of California, 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.
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.
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
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. 2011
Research Assistant, Maritime Environmental Research Center, Solomons, MD. 2010-2011
Graduate Trainee, UC Coastal Toxicology Course and Retreat, University of California, Davis, CA. 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)
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.