As a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Adélie Penguin Ecology project, I am currently investigating how penguin nesting habitat influences breeding success, how climate change may affect penguin nesting habitat, and how different individuals vary in their response to these changes. I am lucky enough to spend a few months of the year at our field site on Ross Island, Cape Crozier, one of the largest Adélie penguin colonies in the world.

I started at Point Blue in 2004 as an intern investigating Leach’s Storm-Petrel demography on the Oregon Coast. The first time I held one of these tiny, incredibly tough, birds I was hooked and subsequently went on to study seabirds on the Farallon Islands. There is nothing like the bustling activity of a seabird metropolis to stimulate curiosity, wonder, and a desire to contribute towards a sustainable future. In 2013, I completed a PhD in Ecology at UC Davis where I studied the changing influence of ocean conditions on seabird populations on the Farallones.

I love photography, hiking, mountain biking and just about anything that involves being outside. When I’m not in the field in Antarctica (Oct-Jan), I can be found at our Petaluma headquarters.

Featured Work:

Elliot, M.L., A.E. Schmidt, R. Bradley, D. Robinette, J. Jahncke. 2016. Brandt’s cormorant diet (1994-2012) indicates importance of fall ocean conditions for northern anchovy in central California. Fisheries Oceanography. 25 (5): 515-528.

Schmidt, A.E., K.E. Dybala, L.W. Botsford, J.M. Eadie, R.W. Bradley, J. Jahncke. 2015. Shifting effects of ocean conditions on survival and breeding probability of a long-lived seabird. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132372.  

Schmidt, A.E., L.W. Botsford, J.M. Eadie, R.W. Bradley, E. Di Lorenzo, J. Jahncke. 2014. Non-stationary seabird responses reveal shifting ENSO dynamics in the northeast Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 499:249-258.


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