Conservation & Science
Chelsea C. Thomas, M.S.
Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology
M.S. – Zoology, Washington State University
B.S. – Biology, Valdosta State University
Areas of Expertise
- Conservation biology
- Demography and phenology
- Community ecology
- Database management
- Statistical programming
Chelsea is an ecologist interested in applied conservation biology and management of at-risk species. She joined Lincoln Park Zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology in January 2020 as the research coordinator for the COMPADRE/COMADRE database, which contains population models of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria.
Prior to joining the zoo, Chelsea worked as a research technologist for the Conservation Biology Lab at Washington State University in Vancouver. Her work focused on conservation of at-risk butterfly species and included: interactions between larvae of Fender’s blue butterfly and attendant ants, as well as effects of habitat structure on myrmecophily; ecotoxicology and larval development in butterflies; demography and phenology of western monarchs; phenological shifts in butterflies associated with Department of Defense lands across the United States; and community interactions in habitats associated with at-risk butterflies.
In her current position, Chelsea coordinates ongoing development of the COMPADRE/COMADRE database—working with principal investigators, digitization teams, programmers, and other stakeholders. She also provides quality assurance/control (QA/QC) and public outreach for the project.