Christina Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Biology
"I hope to imbue my students with an appreciation for the integrative nature of scientific inquiry, which will allow them to expand their perspectives and customize their academic trajectory, and to inspire a curiosity for the natural world while providing the skills with which to explore and examine the unlimited questions that are generated by that curiosity."
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Professor Schmidt is driven by the desire to teach students how to think, how to synthesize information in a way to address any problem, issue, or question that could arise in their lives. These skills are essential for doing science, but are also equally important for successfully navigating life in general. She endeavors to actively involve her students, to encourage them to relate course material to their own interests and to contribute their experiences to the discussion. As a physiological ecologist, Professor Schmidt studies costs of reproduction, and how these costs influence resource partitioning, reproductive performance and life history traits of mammals and other vertebrates.


2004 ~ B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
2007 ~ M.S. in Ecology and Organismal Biology, Indiana State University
2011 ~ Ph.D. in Biological Sciences: Ecology Evolution & Behavior, Auburn University

Selected Publications

Schmidt CM, Chiba LI and Hood WR. 2018. "Maternal characteristics and reproductive output influence bone metabolic activity in pregnant and lactating sows." Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 102:1651-1656

Schmidt CM and Hood WR. 2016. "Female white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) trade off offspring skeletal quality for self-maintenance when dietary calcium intake is low." Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A 325:581-587

Schmidt CM, Blount JD and Bennett NC. 2014. "Reproduction is associated with a tissue-dependent reduction of oxidative stress in eusocial female Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis)." PLoS One 9: e103286

Courses Taught

Biology of Organisms
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
Vertebrate Zoology
Developmental Biology
Senior Seminar in the Biological and Chemical Sciences

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