of California, Irvine
BIO SCI - Center
for Environmental Biology
Irvine, CA 92697-1450
of my research:
Tradeoffs and biodiversity
Restoration with functional groups
Global change in Coastal Sage Scrub communities
influencing plant community composition
hybrid zone: pollination, physiology, and fitness
ecology at Carrizo Plain National Monument
Local ecology and geographic range limits
Project Scientist and Assistant Director,
Center for Environmental Biology, University of California, Irvine,
Postdoctoral Researcher with Amy Angert, Travis Huxman,
and Larry Venable, University of Arizona, 2007-2011
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Nov. 2007
M.S., California State University, Northridge,
B.S., Willamette University, Salem, Oregon May 1996
* indicates student co-authors
**indicates undergraduate student co-authors
Kimball, S., M.E. Lulow, K. Balazs, and T.E. Huxman. 2017. Predicting drought tolerance from slope aspect preference in restored plant communities. Ecology and Evolution.
Tamura, N.**, M. Lulow, Halsch, C.**, M. Major, K. Balazs, P. Austin, T. Huxman, and S. Kimball. 2017. Effectiveness of seed sowing techniques for sloped restoration sites. Restoration Ecology.
Kimball, S., J. Funk, M. Goulden, and K.N. Suding. 2016. Can functional traits predict response to global change? Ecosphere 7(12):1-18.
Balshor, B*., M. Garrambone*, P. Austin, K.R. Balazs, C. Weihe, J.B.H. Martiny, T.E. Huxman, J.R. McCollum, and S. Kimball. 2016. The effect of soil inoculants on seed germination of native and invasive species. Botany.
Gremer, J.R., S. Kimball, and D.L. Venable. 2016. Within and among year germination in Sonoran Desert winter annuals: bet hedging and predictive germination in a variable environment. Ecology Letters 19:1209-1218.
Nguyen, M.A.*, A.E. Ortega*, Q.L. Nguyen*, M. Goulden, S. Kimball, and J.L. Funk. 2016. Evolutionary responses of invasive grass species to variation in precipitation and soil nitrogen. Journal of Ecology 104: 979-986.
Kimball, S., J. L. Funk, D. Sandquist, and J.R. Ehleringer. 2016. Ecophysiological considerations for restoring plant communities. In: D.A. Falk, M. Palmer, J. Zedler, and R.J. Hobbs, editors. Foundations of Restoration Ecology. Island Press, Washington.
Kimball, S., M. Lulow, Q. Sorenson, K. Balazs, Y. Fang, S. Davis, and T. Huxman. 2015. Cost effective ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 23:800-810.
Matulich, K.*, C. Weihe, S. Allison, A. Amend, M. Goulden, S. Kimball, A. Martiny, and J. Martiny. 2015. Temporal variation overshadows the response of leaf litter microbial composition to simulated global change. The ISME Journal.
Angert, A.L., S. Kimball, M. Peterson, T.E. Huxman, and D.L. Venable. 2014. Phenotypic constraints and community structure: Testing the concordance of trade-offs within and among species. Evolution 68: 3147-3165.
Kimball, S., M. Goulden, K. Suding, and S. Parker. 2014. Water and nitrogen manipulations alter succession in a Southern California Coastal Sage Scrub community. Ecological Applications 24: 1390-1404.
Kimball, S., J.R. Gremer, G.A. Barron-Gafford, A.L. Angert, T.E. Huxman, and D.L. Venable. 2014. High water-use efficiency and growth contribute to success of non-native Erodium cicutarium in a Sonoran Desert winter annual community. Conservation Physiology 2: 1-14.
Kimball, S., M. Lulow, K. Mooney, and Q. Sorenson. 2014. Establishment and management of native functional groups in restoration. Restoration Ecology 22: 81-88.
Horst, J., S. Kimball, J.X. Becerra, K. Nogi, and D.L.
Venable. 2014. Documenting the early stages of a plant
invasion (Matthiola parviflora), and predicting its spread in North
America. Southwestern Naturalist 59: 47-55.
Gremer, J.R., S. Kimball, K. Keck*, T.E. Huxman, A.L. Angert, and D.L. Venable. 2013. Water-use efficiency and relative growth rate mediate competitive interactions in Sonoran Desert winter annual plants. American Journal of Botany 100: 2009-2015. *undergraduate student co-author
S., J.R. Gremer, D.L. Venable, T.E. Huxman, and A.L. Angert. 2013. Phenotypic selection favors missing trait combinations in coexisting annual plants. The American Naturalist 182:191-207.
Venable, D. L. and S. Kimball. 2013. Population and community dynamics of Sonoran Desert winter annuals. In: C.K. Kelly, M.G. Bowler and G.A. Fox, editors. Temporal Dynamics and Ecological Process. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Huxman, T.E., S. Kimball, A.L. Angert, J.R. Gremer, and D.L. Venable. 2013. Understanding past, contemporary, and future dynamics of plants, populations and communities using Sonoran Desert winter annuals. American Journal of Botany 100: 1369-1380.
Gremer, J., S. Kimball, T.E. Huxman, A.L. Angert, and D.L. Venable. 2012. Variation in photosynthetic response to temperature in a guild of winter annuals. Ecology 93:2693-2704.
Kimball, S., J.R. Gremer, A.L. Angert, T.E. Huxman,
and D.L. Venable. 2012. Fitness and physiology in a variable environment. Oecologia 169: 319-329.
Kimball, S., A.L. Angert, T.E. Huxman, and D.L. Venable.
2011. Differences in the timing of germination and reproduction
relate to growth physiology and population dynamics of Sonoran Desert
winter annuals. American Journal of Botany 98: 1773-1781.
Kimball, S., A.L. Angert, T.E. Huxman, and D.L. Venable.
2010. Contemporary climate change in the Sonoran Desert favors cold-adapted
species. Global Change Biology 16: 1555-1565.
S., and D.R. Campbell. 2009. Physiological differences between
two Penstemon species and their hybrids in field and common
garden environments. New Phytologist 181: 478-488.
Kimball, S., D.R. Campbell, and C. Lessin*. 2008.
Differential performance of reciprocal hybrids in multiple environments.
Journal of Ecology 96: 1306-1318.
S. 2008. Links between floral morphology and floral visitors
along an elevational gradient in a Penstemon hybrid zone.
Oikos 117: 1064-1074.
S., P. Wilson, and J. Crowther. 2004. Local ecology and geographic
ranges of plants in the Bishop Creek watershed, Sierra Nevada, California.
Journal of Biogeography 31: 1637-1657.
Kimball, S. and P.M. Schiffman. 2003. Differing effects
of cattle grazing on native and alien plants. Conservation Biology
Kimball, S. 2014. Developing a restoration plan for Upper Newport Bay. Tracks, Newsletter for the Newport Bay Conservancy.
S. and P. Wilson. 2009. The insects that visit penstemon
flowers. Bulletin of the American Penstemon Society: Spring
S. and P. Wilson. 2005. Local habitat is related to the geographic
ranges of plants. Sierra Nature Notes Spring/Summer 2005.
Wilson, P. and S. Kimball. 2001. Review of The Origin,
Expansion, and Demise of Plant Species by Donald A. Levin. In Quarterly
Review of Biology 76: 84-86.
Presentations at Scientific Conferences
Cost-effective ecological restoration. Ecological Society of America, August 2014
Type conversions in response to precipitation and nitrogen manipulations in Southern California Coastal Sage Scrub and grassland systems. Ecological Society of America, August 2012
Phenotypic selection on physiological traits in four species of coexisting
annual plants. Ecological Society of America, August 2011
change in the Sonoran Desert favors cold-adapted species. Ecological
Society of America, August 2009
Climate induced changes in plant community composition in the Sonoran
Desert. American Geophysical Union, December 2008
promote coexistence in Sonoran Desert Winter Annuals. Ecological
Society of America, August 2008
defining geographic range limits in a plant hybrid zone. Ecological
Society of America, August 2007
Floral visitors of Penstemon hybrids. Botanical Society of America,
Physiological differences maintain ecological range limits in a plant
hybrid zone. Botanical Society of America, Summer 2006
Differing effects of grazing on native and alien plants. San Joaquin
Valley Natural Communities Conference, March, 2003
Local ecological gradients and geographic affinities of plants in the
Bishop Creek watershed, Sierra Nevada, California. Ecological Society
of America, August 2002
The effects of simulated grazing on native and non-native plants at
Carrizo Plain National Monument. Ecological Society of America,
Date - Venue
August 2017 - Ignite Session on Variable Environments, Ecological Society of America
March 2014 - Ecology Across Scales Symposium, Duke University
May 2012 - Habitat Conservation Plan Climate Change Workshop, UC Riverside Palm Desert Center
March 2012 - University of California, Riverside, Biology Department Seminar
Oct. 2011 - California State University Northridge, Biology Department Seminar
Jan. 2011 - De Paul University, Biology Department Seminar
Dec. 2010 - University of Northern Iowa, Biology Department Seminar
Oct. 2010 - University of San Diego, Biology Department Seminar
Spring 2007 - White Mountain Research Station Lecture Series, Bishop, CA
Spring 2006 - California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter, Bishop, CA
Center for Environmental Biology Internship Program, 2011-present
Developed (and continue to run) year-long, intensive internship program for 10-15 competitively selected undergraduate students. Students conduct research,education, and outreach activities in exchange for course credit through BioSci197, BioSci199, ESS 199, or ESS 198.
Course Coordinator, 2007, UC Irvine
• Supervised 10 Teaching Assistants, constructed and maintained
course website, assisted in the writing of exams, graded exams, maintained
course gradebook, and dealt with student administrative issues for Bio
94, an undergraduate course with about 900 students.
Pedagogical Fellowship, 2005-2006, UC Irvine
• Served as a mentor teacher, supervising three other Pedagogical
Fellows in the training of 60 new graduate students in the Chemistry
Department to be Teaching Assistants
• Designed and implemented two days of interactive, experiential
workshops in the campus-wide Teaching Assistant Professional Development
Program, Instructional Resources Center
• Assisted in the interview process to hire new Pedagogical Fellows
Teaching Assistant Consultant, 2004-2005, UC Irvine
• Competitively selected to serve as a mentor teacher, training
new graduate students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology to be Teaching
• Designed and implemented two full days of interactive, experiential
workshops: Creating rubrics, grading, leading discussions & laboratories,
conducting office hours, university and department policies and procedures
in the campus-wide Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program,
Instructional Resources Center
• Assisted in the interview process to hire new Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant, UC Irvine
Bio 127, Physiological Plant Ecology, Fall 2005
Bio 166, Field Ecology, Fall 2004
Bio 175, Restoration Ecology, Winter 2004
Bio 94, Patterns of Diversity, Ecology & Evolution, Falls 2002-2004,
Bio 96, Processes of Ecology & Evolution, Winter 2003
Teaching Associate, Sole Instructor, 1998 - 2001, Cal State University, Northridge
Principles of Biology I Lab (Survey of Organisms)
Principles of Biology II Lab (Cells to Anatomy)
General Biology Lab (Non-majors)
Teaching Assistant, 1998 - 2001, Cal State University, Northridge
Plant Biology (upper division lab course)
Plant Ecology (upper division and graduate field and lab course)
Principles of Ecology (upper division and graduate field and lab course)
Systematic Botany (upper division and graduate field and lab course)
Plant Morphology (upper division and graduate field and lab course)
Mammalogy (upper division and graduate field and lab course)
Guest Lecturer, Plant Biology, Fall 2001
Restoration on Steep Slopes, attended by 40 land managers and 5 ecology faculty and graduate students, May 2014, Beckman Center, University of California, Irvine
Graduate Student Luncheon, attended by 15 ecology graduate students and 3 land managers, November 2013, University of California, Irvine
CEB Faculty Research Symposium, attended by 20 faculty, September 2013, University of California, Irvine
Orange County Ecological Data Portal Workshop, attended by 28 people from 13 different agencies, October 2012, Duck Club, Irvine, CA
Ecological Research in Orange County, attended by 70 people from 7 academic institutions and 14 land management agencies, January 2012, University of California, Irvine Ecological Research in Orange County, attended by 70 people from 7 academic institutions and 14 land management agencies, January 2012, University of California, Irvine
Developed web portal for ecological datasets in collaboration with Crista Lopes, Informatics Department, University of California, Irvine (http://ecodataportal.org)
Established a system of weather stations along a transect across Orange County (http://220.127.116.11/index.html#)
Developed (and continue to run) CEB student intern program, Center for Environmental Biology, Summer 2011 - present
for Planting Science, the on-line mentoring program of the
Botanical Society of America, 2008-2016
Committee Member for three UCI Ph.D. students
Reviewed manuscripts for American Journal of Botany,
American Naturalist, Biological Conservation, Biological
Invasions, Biological Reviews, Ecosphere, Global
Change Biology, Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society,
New Phytologist, and Madroño, 2004-present
Mentor to undergraduate (BioSci 199) students Hamta Emani,
Carrie Lessin, Sophia Luu , David Moats, Mansi Shah, Jeffrey Vu, Margaret
Chilingirian, Kris Ngai, and Margaret Chang
Ecology Faculty Search Committee, Department of Ecology
& Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, 2005-2006
Associate Director Interview Committee, Instructional
Resources Center, University of California, Irvine, 2006
Judge, Irvine Unified School District Science Fair,
2006 & 2007
Visiting Scientist, Irvine and Costa Mesa Unified School
Districts, Ask-A-Scientist Program, 2004-2006
Grants and Awards
• Beyond functional traits: Understanding ontogeny and resource use to assemble invasion-resistant communities. National Science Foundation DEB pre-proposal, 2014, PI (S. Kimball) - Invited to Submit Full Proposal
• Edward Steinhaus Teaching Award, University of California,
• Best Physiology Student Paper, Botanical Society of
• Most Promising Future Faculty Member, University of
California, Irvine, 2006
• Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science
• Dr. James D. Watson Scholar, ARCS Foundation, 2006
• GAANN Fellowship, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of California, Irvine, 2005
• Educational Grant, California Native Plant Society,
• Teaching Excellence and TA Mentoring Award, Instructional
Resources Center, University of California, Irvine, 2004-2005
• Applicant Fellowship, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary
Biology, University of California, Irvine, 2002
• Donald E. Bianchi Graduate Student Research Award.
College of Science and Mathematics, California State University, Northridge,
• Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Department of Biology,
California State University, Northridge, 2002
Ecological Society of America
Botanical Society of America
California Native Plant Society
Newport Bay Conservancy, Board of Directors