Dr. Elke Zimmer

ibacon GmbH
Arheilger Weg 17
64380 Rossdorf

+49 6154 697-328
Positions at ibacon: 
Section Head Ecological Modelling
Development, Application, Documentation and Evaluation of ecological and mechanistic effect models
Diplom Umweltwissenschaftlerin (Marine)

I studied Marine Environmental Science in Oldenburg in the North of Germany, during which my interest in the mathematical modeling of biological phenomena was born. I finished my studies with a thesis on "Analyzing Endocytosis using Generalized Modeling" at the MPI-PKS in Dresden. The wish to work with a more applicable modeling approach brought me to the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, into the group of Bas Kooijman. There, I worked on my PhD thesis entitled "The pond snail under stress - interactive effects of food limitation, toxicants and copulation explained by Dynamic Energy Budget Theory". My thesis work was placed in the context of ecological risk assessment and was part of the Marie-Curie-ITN CREAM. Subsequently, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the SCK-CEN in Mol, Belgium, in the group Biosphere Impact Studies, where I worked on the development of a Dynamic Energy Budget model for the common duckweed Lemna minor.



  • Badewien, T. H., Zimmer, E., Bartholomae, A., Reuter, R. (2009) Towards continuous long-term measurements of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in turbid coastal waters.Ocean Dynamics 59(2):227 - 238
  • Zimmer, E. (2009) Analyzing Endocytosis by Generalized Modeling. Diploma thesis. Der andere Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-89959-981-7
  • Martin, B.T., Zimmer, E.I., Jager, T., Grimm, V. (2012) Dynamic Energy Budget Theory meets individual based modeling - a generic and accessible approach. Methods in Ecologyand Evolution, 3(2):445 - 449
  • Jager, T., Zimmer, E.I.(2012) Simplifed dynamic energy budget model for analysing ecotoxicity data. Ecological Modelling, 225:74-81
  • Zimmer, E.I., Jager, T., Ducrot, V., Lagadic, L., Kooijman, S.A.L.M. (2012) Juvenile food limitation in standardized test: a warning to ecotoxicologists. Ecotoxicology, 21(8):2195 -2204
  • Jager, T. Martin, B.T. and Zimmer, E.I. (2013). DEBkiss or the quest for the simplest generic model of animal life history. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 328:9-18
  • Agatz, A., Cole, T., Preuss, T., Zimmer, E.I., Brown, C. (2013). Feeding inhibition explains effects of imidacloprid on the growth, maturation, reproduction and survival of Daphnia magna. Environmental Science and Technology, 47:2909 - 2917
  • Jager, T., Barsi, A., Hamda, N.T., Martin, B.T., Zimmer, E.I. and Ducrot, V. (2013). Dynamic energy budgets in population ecotoxicology: applications and outlook. EcologicalModelling, 280:140 - 147
  • Zimmer, E.I. (2013). The pond snail under stress: interactive effects of food limitation, toxicants and copulation explained by Dynamic Energy Budget theory. PhD thesis. VUuniversity Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Zimmer, E.I., Ducrot, V., Koene, J., Jager, T. and Kooijman, S.A.L.M. (2014). Metabolic acceleration in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis? Journal of Sea Research, 94:84 - 91