Introduction to Dr. Schell
To help us prepare for what we are about to study in our class, we are going to explore the work of Christopher Schell. Dr. Schell received his B.A. in Psychology in 2009 from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology in 2015 from the University of Chicago. After an NSF postdoctoral fellowship with Colorado State University and the National Wildlife Research Center, Dr. Schell joined the faculty as an assistant professor of the Science and Mathematics Division at the University of Washington Tacoma. His research centers around the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that promote genetic, physiological and behavioral adaptations in carnivores to urban environments. The field of urban ecology is relatively new. Dr. Schell evaluates various socio-economic factors, with examples of red-lining and other disparities in human resource allocation, that may contribute to within-city variation in canid evolution.
What you will do:
Explore the research summarized on Dr. Schell’s website (
Read this magazine article “Seeing himself in the science (” about Dr. Schell
Watch the video below to learn more about the importance of Dr. Schell’s work.

Compose a 350 word or more response. You might wish to discuss some of the following:
What was most interesting to you in reviewing these resources?
What did you learn from these resources about Urban Ecology and Animal Adaptation?
What new questions do you have after reviewing these resources
What do these resources tell you about the types of people that do science?
Please note:This assignment will be checked for plagiarism by Turn It In. Your reflection should be of your own experiences and feelings and should not reflect any one else’s (either in the class or on the internet!). Any reflection paragraph that is copied from another student or has a match score of over 25% will receive zero points.