Daniel Schmidt

Danielle Schmidt is examining the genetics of the Western Rattlesnake across British Columbia for her MSc degree.   More specifically, she is examining two levels of genetic structure in the snakes:   on one scale she is looking at genetic similarity across the species’ range in the province, and on a finer scale she is investigating relatedness and connectivity between neighbouring den populations.   Her study has been made possible by a large number of collaborators across BC and even in Washington state, collecting DNA samples to supplement those coming from our own lab.   Danielle is co-supervised by myself, but she is based at UBC-Okanagan within the lab of my colleague, Dr. Michael Russello.      Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu, the  provincial herpetofauna specialist, also is heavily involved in the project.