Dr. Nickolas “Nick” Zimmermann, retired University of Maryland associate professor and poultry specialist, passed away on September 29 after many years battling a brain tumor.

Zimmermann earned his bachelor of science degree in 1972 and master of science.in 1975 from the University Wisconsin, Madison (UW) and was awarded a joint Ph.D. in poultry science and veterinary science from UW in 1981.

From 1994-2002 he worked at the Lower Eastern Shore Research & Education Center in Princess Anne, Maryland as a broiler extension specialist at the rank of associate professor in the department of animal and avian sciences of the University of Maryland. In 2002, he came to the College Park campus as a poultry specialist in the department and taught Avian Physiology, Animal Food Safety and Processing, and Commercial Poultry Management. 

Dr. Zimmermann was a member of the Poultry Science Association since 1973, and served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2006–2009. He published over 50 manuscripts and abstracts in Poultry Science or Journal of Applied Poultry Research (JAPR).


Zimmermann provided leadership for the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference and was the treasurer for the Maryland Feed Industry Council. He was active in many Delmarva Poultry Industry activities including the annual Chicken Festival and the Delmarva Poultry Conference. He served as the Superintendent of the Maryland 4-H Poultry Judging Contest and was active in the Small Flock Owner Educational Program.

A member of American Poultry Historical Society since 1995, he served on the board of directors (1997-2005) and as president (2004-2006) and received the American Poultry Historical Society Award in 2010.

Memorial services for Zimmerman are being planned for Maryland and Wisconsin.  Bounds Funeral Home is handling arrangements.