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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

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

  • Schmidt BR., Arlettaz R., Schaub M., Lüscher B., Kröpfli M. (2019). Benefits and limits of comparative effectiveness studies in evidence-based conservation. Biological Conservation, 236:115-123. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.05.033
  • Petrovan SO., Schmidt BR. (2019). Neglected juveniles; a call for integrating all amphibian life stages in assessments of mitigation success (and how to do it). Biological Conservation, 236:252-260. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.05.023
  • Cayuela H., Schmidt BR., Weinbach A., Besnard A., Joly P. (2019). Multiple density-dependent processes shape the dynamics of a spatially structured amphibian population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 88:164-177. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12906
  • Valenzuela-Sánchez A., Schmidt BR., Pérez C., Altamirano T., Toledo V., Pérez Í., Teillier S., Cunningham AA., Soto-Azat C. (2019). Assessing habitat quality when forest attributes have opposing effects on abundance and detectability: A case study on Darwin’s frogs. Forest Ecology and Management, 432:942-948. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.022
  • Canessa S., Bozzuto C., Grant EHC., Cruickshank SS., Fisher MC., Koella JC., Lötters S., Martel A., Pasmans F., Scheele BC., Spitzen-van der Sluijs A., Steinfartz S., Schmidt BR. (2018). Decision-making for mitigating wildlife diseases: From theory to practice for an emerging fungal pathogen of amphibians. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(4):1987-1996. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13089

Weiterführende Informationen

Benedikt Schmidt

Benedikt Schmidt

Research associate

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y13-J-74
Phone: +41 44 635 4983
Phone (external): +41 32 725 7206