Paul Maier

Paul earned his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from UC Riverside and San Diego State, studying the evolutionary past, present, and future of Yosemite toads in California. He has a passion for overlooked wildlife and uses DNA to reconstruct the hidden stories of natural populations. He has spent many years exploring the Neotropics, the Caribbean, and the mountains and deserts of the American West, conducting research for many organizations (US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, San Diego Zoo, Organization for Tropical Studies). Currently, he works as a population geneticist at FamilyTreeDNA, where he’s applying his skill set to unearth the history of human populations on earth. In his spare time, he also loves running, flying airplanes, and banging on drums.

You can read about his research here.

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