Benedikt Schmidt

Link to Research Group page (Dr. Benedikt Schmidt)

Research Interests

Amphibians, chytridiomycosis, conservation biology, demography, disease ecology, distributions, evidence-based conservation, mark-recapture models, monitoring, population dynamics, site occupancy models


Education and Professional Positions

2011 - present Group leader, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - 2011 Research associate in the group of Prof. Uli Reyer, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2002 - present Scientific collaborator at Koordinationsstelle für Amphibien- und Reptilienschutz in der Schweiz (
1999 - 2002 Ph.D. thesis on the evolutionary ecology of predator-prey interactions between larval newts and larval dragonflies (supervisor: Dr. Josh Van Buskirk) in the group of Prof. Uli Reyer, Zoology Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1996 - 1999 Collaborator at the Amt für Raumplanung, Abteilung Natur und Landschaft, Kanton Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland
1996 Diploma in biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland
1988 - 1996 Studies in biology at University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Garner TWJ., Schmidt BR., Martel A., Muths E., Cunningham AA., Weldon C., Fisher MC., Bosch J. (2016) Mitigating amphibian chytridiomycoses in nature. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 371:20160207. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0207
  • Cruickshank SS., Ozgul A., Zumbach S., Schmidt BR. (2016) Quantifying population declines based on presence-only records for red-list assessments. Conservation Biology, 30(5):1112-1121. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12688
  • Petrovan SO., Schmidt BR. (2016) Volunteer conservation action data reveals large-scale and long-term negative population trends of a widespread amphibian, the common toad (bufo bufo). PLoS ONE, 11(10):e0161943. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161943
  • Băncilă RI., Ozgul A., Hartel T., Sos T., Schmidt BR. (2016) Direct negative density-dependence in a pond-breeding frog population. Ecography, 39(5):449-455. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01584
  • Grant EHC., Miller DAW., Schmidt BR., Adams MJ., Amburgey SM., Chamber T., Cruickshank SS., Fisher RN., Green DM., Hossack BR., Johnson PTJ., Joseph MB., Rittenhourse TAG., Ryan ME., Waddle JH., Walls SC., Bailey LL., Fellers GM., Gorman TA., Ray AM., Pilliod DS., Price SJ., Saenz D., Sadinski W., Muths E. (2016) Quantitative evidence for the effects of multiple drivers on continental-scale amphibian declines. Scientific Reports, 6:25625. DOI: 10.1038/srep25625