Professor Naupaka Zimmerman is broadly interested in the intersection of microbial community and ecosystem ecology. His lab research focuses on the ecology of plant-microbe interactions, with a particular focus on asymptomatic foliar fungi (also known as fungal endophytes).

Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai'i, Professor Zimmerman continues to conduct some of his research there, focusing on the endemic Hawaiian tree Metrosideros polymorpha. At USF, he has expanded his research to include plant-associated microbiomes in urban and agricultural settings, including across the city of San Francisco and at Star Route Farms in Marin County. After finishing a PhD, he taught at Stanford and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona before coming to USF.

PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University
BA, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Cultural Anthropology, Harvard University
Microbial biogeography in natural and urban environments
Molecular mechanisms of plant-microbe interaction using genomics, transcriptomics, and RNA-Seq in the context of targeted inoculation studies
The effects of foliar microbial communities on ecosystem functioning, as mediated by modulation of host plant physiology, leaf decomposition, and host-pathogen interactions