Max Schmid

Research Interests

In my PhD thesis, I am focusing on the consequences of phenotypic plasticity for several aspects of evolution. Phenotypic plasticity describes the property of single genotypes to express multiple phenotypes in dependence of the environment and is therefore a potential strategy to cope with a heterogeneous surrounding. However, plastic responses might be maladaptive in some circumstances reducing fitness under new environmental conditions. The life history of a species not only feeds back on the speed of evolution but also can help to cope with short-term environmental fluctuations. In my PhD thesis I focused on the interaction between evolution, phenotypic plasticity, and life history strategies in variable environments, and eventually on its consequences for species' range sizes, population fitness, and survival.


2015 - 2019 Ph.D. student, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2012 - 2014 M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2008 - 2011 B.Sc. in Geoecology, University of Tübingen, Germany

Selected Publications

  • Schmid M., Dallo R., Guillaume F. (2019). Species’ range dynamics affect the evolution of spatial variation in plasticity under environmental change. The American Naturalist, 193(6): DOI: 10.1086/703171
  • Schmid M., Guillaume F. (2017). The role of phenotypic plasticity on population differentiation. Heredity, advance online publication. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2017.36
  • Cotto O., Wessely J., Georges D., Klonner G., Schmid M., Dullinger S., Thuiller W., Guillaume F. (2017). A dynamic eco-evolutionary model predicts slow response of alpine plants to climate warming. Nature Communications, 8:15399. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15399
  • Schmid M., Csencsics D., Gugerli F. (2016). Repetitive flanking sequences challenge microsatellite marker development: a case study in the lepidopteran Melanargia galathea. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16(6): 1499–1507. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12547
  • Schmid M., Pautasso M., Holdenrieder O. (2014). Ecological consequences of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) cultivation in Europe. European Journal of Forest Research, 133(1): 13-29. DOI: 10.1007/s10342-013-0745-7

Outreach Publications

  • Schmid M., Birrer S., Bolliger J., Csencsics D., Gugerli F. (2015) Monitoring Genetischer Vielfalt: Fallbeispiel Schachbrettfalter. N+L Inside 1/15: 19-24

We have built a shiny app to visualize the models derived in our Heredity paper. You can find it here.