Julie Zinnert

Julie C. Zinnert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Trani Life Sciences Building, 1000 W. Cary St., room 013


  • Ph.D., Integrative Life Sciences (2008), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., Biology (2004), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S., Biology (2001), Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

  • Coastal ecology
  • Dune ecology
  • Woody encroachment
  • Plant-environment interactions
  • Climate change
  • Remote sensing

Select Publications

  • Walker S and Zinnert JC. 2022. Whole plant traits of coastal dune vegetation and implications for interactions with dune dynamics. Ecosphere 13:e4065.
  • Reeves IRB, Goldstein EB, Moore LJ, Zinnert JC. 2022. Exploring the impacts of shrub-overwash feedbacks in coastal barrier systems with an ecological-morphological model. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface 127:E2021JF006397
  • Wood L.K, Hays, S., J.C. Zinnert. 2020. Decreased temperature variance associated with biotic composition enhances coastal shrub encroachment. Scientific Reports 10:8210.
  • Zinnert J.C., Via, S.M, Nettleton B.P., Tuley, P.A., Moore, L.J., and J.A. Stallins. 2019. Connectivity in coastal systems: barrier island vegetation influences upland migration in a changing climate. Global Change Biology 25: 2419-2430.
  • Zinnert, J.C., Stallins, J.A., Brantley, S.T. and D.R. Young. 2017. Crossing scales: complexity of barrier island processes for predicting future change. Bioscience, 67:39-52.

Google Scholar profile


  • BIOL 322: Economic Botany
  • BIOL 475: Capstone Seminar
  • BIOL 511: Coastal Ecology
  • BIOL 606: Quantitative Ecology