I am a Ph.D. candidate interested in the effects of climate change on boreal and arctic species. I use the combination of field data and population modeling to quantify consequences of environmental stressors on wild populations 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 species that become white in the winter and their adaptation to camouflage mismatch against snowless backgrounds.
- Zimova, M., K. Hackländer, J. M. Good, J. Melo-Ferreira, P. C. Alves and L. S. Mills. 2018. Function and underlying mechanisms of seasonal colour moulting in mammals and birds: what keeps them changing in a warming world?. Biological Reviews. doi:10.1111/brv.12405.
- Mills, L. S., E. V. Bragina, A. V. Kumar, M. Zimova, D. J. R. Lafferty, J. Feltner, B. M. Davis, K. Hackländer, P. C. Alves, J. M. Good, J. Melo-Ferreira, A. Dietz, A. V. Abramov, N. Lopatina, and K. Fay. 2018. Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change. Science 359:1033–1036.
- 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.