Chloe Schmidt

Chloé is curious about how environments shape biodiversity across genetic and species levels. This involves exploring and linking the contemporary and historical environmental factors that shape species richness and population genetic diversity patterns across taxa. She primarily uses data synthesis approaches, repurposing publicly available genetic datasets to address her research questions. With regards to contemporary biodiversity change, she focuses on how urbanization and human disturbance affect spatial patterns of genetic and species biodiversity. She is interested in the ways that macrogenetic diversity patterns can inform conservation practice. 

"Cities are microcosms of the evolutionary changes that are occurring on a planetary scale and thus provide a natural laboratory to advance our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world." 

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