Christopher J. Schell, Ph.D
Principal Investigator

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Dr. Schell received his B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in 2009 and was awarded his Ph.D in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago in 2015 (lab of Dr. Jill Mateo and Dr. Rachel Santymire). As an NSF postdoctoral fellow (2015-18), working in collaboration with Dr. Stewart Breck (National Wildlife Research Center, NWRC) and Dr. Lisa Angeloni (Colorado State University), he worked on unraveling the endocrine and genetic mechanisms underpinning risk-taking behaviors in urban coyotes across the Denver and Fort Collins, CO metropolitan areas. Dr. Schell joined the faculty of UW Tacoma in the Autumn of 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Sciences and Mathematics Division. Using an integrative approach, Dr. Schell’s research incorporates the fields of animal personality, behavioral endocrinology, and urban ecology to infer how human-carnivore interactions facilitate co-adaptive processes within urban environments. Further, his research focuses on the socio-ecological factors (e.g. infrastructure, policy, human densities) that facilitate human-wildlife interactions and conflict, with additional focus on the biological factors (i.e. augmented endocrine responses) wildlife exhibit in human-dense environments. Most of his work has relied on collaborative relationships among cultural institutions, government agencies, and wildlife management organizations to apply evolutionary theory toward conservation and wildlife management issues. Hence, Dr. Schell customarily operates at the cross-departmental and cross-agency levels to perform integrative biological research.

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