John Paul Schmidt

Graduate Program Faculty


Ph.D. – Ecology, University of Georgia

M.S. – Plant Biology, University of Georgia

B.A. – Philosophy, Emory University

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Georgia Botanical Society
Research Interests
  • Population ecology
  • Invasive plants
  • Disease ecology
  • Soils
  • Bioeconomics
  • Ecosystem service valuation
  • Landscape ecology
  • Remote sensing and GIS
  • Conservation biology


Selected Publications

Sundaram, M., Schmidt, J.P., Han, B.A., Drake, J.M. and Stephens, P.R., 2022. Traits, phylogeny and host cell receptors predict Ebolavirus host status among African mammals. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 16(12), p.e0010993

Stephens, P.R., Sundaram, M., Ferreira, S., Gottdenker, N., Nipa, K.F., Schatz, A.M., Schmidt, J.P. and Drake, J.M., 2022. Drivers of African filovirus (ebola and marburg) outbreaks. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 22 (9), pp.478-490.

Stephens, PR, Gottdenker, N, Schatz, AM, Schmidt, JP, and Drake, JM. 2021. Characteristics of the 100 largest modern zoonotic disease outbreaks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376: 20200535. PDF

Barbara A. Han, Adrian A. Castellanos, John Paul Schmidt, Ilya R. Fischhoff, John M. Drake. 2021. The ecology of zoonotic parasites in the Carnivora. Trends in Parasitology 1471-4922. PDF

Schmidt, J.P., Davies, T.J. and Farrell, M.J. 2021. Opposing macroevolutionary and trait-mediated patterns of threat and naturalisation in flowering plants. Ecology Letters, 24: 1237-1250.PDF

Han, B.A., O’Regan, S.M., Schmidt, JP, and Drake, J.M., 2020. Integrating data mining and transmission theory in the ecology of infectious diseases. Ecology Letters. PDF

Frey, G.E., Chamberlain, J.L. and Schmidt, JP, 2019. Estimating the value of forests for provisioning non-timber forest products to market: concepts, approaches, and case studies. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, pp.1-26. PDF

Pappalardo, PMorales‐Castilla, IPark, AWHuang, SSchmidt, JPStephens, PRComparing methods for mapping global parasite diversityGlobal Ecol Biogeogr2019001– 12. PDF

Schmidt JP, Maher S, Drake JM, Huang T, Farrell M, Han B. 2019. Ecological indicators of mammal exposure to Ebolavirus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. PDF

Byers JE, Schmidt JP, Pappalardo P, Haas S, Stephens PR. 2019. What factors explain the geographic range of mammalian parasites? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286: 20190673. PDF

Schmidt JP, J Cruse-Sanders, J Chamberlain, S Ferreira, J Young. 2019. Explaining harvests of wild-harvested herbaceous plants: American ginseng as a case study. Biological Conservation 231: 139-149. PDF

Erfanifard Y, HH Nguyen, JP Schmidt, A Rayburn. 2018. Fine-scale intraspecific interactions and environmental heterogeneity drive the spatial structure in old-growth stands of a dioecious plant. Forest Ecology and Management 425: 92-99. PDF

Park AW, MJ Farrell, JP Schmidt, S Huang, TA Dallas, P Pappalardo, JM Drake, PR Stephens, R Poulin, CL Nunn, TJ Davies. 2018. Characterizing the phylogenetic specialism- generalism spectrum of mammal parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172613. PDF

Schmidt JP, PR Stephens, JM Drake. 2017. Residence time, native range size, and genome size predict naturalization among angiosperms introduced to Australia. Ecology and Evolution 7:10289-10300. PDF

Schmidt JP, D Markewitz, F deA Oliviera, A Sila, AH Joslin. 2017. vNIR spectroscopy to assess soil changes in Ultisols of Pará State, Brazil. Geoderma Regional 11: 71-77. PDF

Stephens, PR, P Pappalardo, S Huang, JE Byers, MJ Farrell, A Gehman, RR Ghai, JP Schmidt, S Altizer, V Ezenwa, CL Nunn. 2017. Global Mammal Parasite Database version 2.0. Ecology 98: 476-1476. PDF

Schmidt JP, Park AW, Kramer AM, Han BA, Alexander LA, Drake JM. 2017. Spatiotemporal fluctuations and triggers of Ebola virus spillover. Emerging Infectious Diseases 23: 415-422. PDF

Stephens PR, Altizer S, Smith KF, Aguirre A, Brown JH, Budischak SA, Byers JE, Dallas TA, Davies J, Drake JM, Ezenwa VO, Farrell MJ, Gittleman JG, Han BA, Huang S, Hutchinson RA, Johnson P, Nunn CL, Onstad D, Park A, Vazquez-Prokopec GM, Schmidt JP, Poulin R. 2016. The macroecology of infectious diseases: a new perspective on global‐scale drivers of pathogen distributions and impacts. 2016. Ecology Letters 19: 1159–1171. PDF

Han BA, Schmidt JP, Alexander LW, Bowden SE, Hayman DT, Drake JM. 2016. Undiscovered  bat hosts of filoviruses. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(7): e0004815. PDF

Han BA, Schmidt JP, Bowden SE, Drake JM. 2015. Rodent reservoirs of future zoonotic diseases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 7039-7044. LINK

Schmidt JP, Moore R, Alber M. 2014. Integrating ecosystem services and local government finances into land use planning – a case study from coastal Georgia. Landscape and Urban Planning 122: 56-67. PDF

Schmidt, JP, Stephens, PR, Drake, JM. 2012. Two sides of the same coin? Rare and pest plants native to North America. Ecological Applications 22: 1512-1525. PDF

Schmidt JP, Springborn,M, Drake JM. 2012. Cost-sensitive risk assessment for invasive plants in the United States. Ecosphere 3:art46. PDF

Schmidt JP, Drake JM. 2011. Time since Introduction, Seed Mass, and Genome Size Predict Successful Invaders among the Cultivated Vascular Plants of Hawaii. PLoS One 6(3): e17391. PDF

Schmidt JP, Drake JM. 2011. Why are some plant genera more invasive than others? PLoS One 6(4): e18654. PDF

Schmidt JP. 2008. Sex ratio and spatial pattern of males and females in the dioecious sandhill shrub, Ceratiola ericoides. Plant Ecology 195: 281-288. PDF

Trapnell DW, Schmidt JP, Hamrick JL. 2008. Spatial genetic structure of the southeastern North American endemic, Ceratiola ericoides. Journal of Heredity 99:604-609. PDF

Trapnell DW, Schmidt JP, Quintana-Ascencio PF, Hamrick Jl. 2007. Genetic insights into the biogeography of the southeastern endemic, Ceratiola ericoides (Empetraceae). Journal of Heredity 98: 587-593. PDF

Payne K, Samples K, Epstein J, Ostrander A, Lee JW, Schmidt JP, Mathes S, Elliott M, Nackone J, Sand S, Hay F, Merrill M, Globali M, Higgens M, Howell MJ, Kramer L. 2003. Multisource data integration for Georgia land-cover mapping. Southeastern Geographer 43:1-27. PDF