Chris Schell

Chris Schell is an urban ecologist whose research integrates evolutionary theory, wildlife biology, and socio-ecological perspectives to disentangle the processes that (1) contribute to carnivore adaptation in cities, (2) may subsequently exacerbate human-carnivore conflict in cities. His specific interests lie in uncovering the role that endocrine mechanisms play in driving behaviors (e.g., risk-taking and boldness) considered adaptive for carnivores in human-dominated landscapes, as well as explicitly examining the anthropogenic drivers that influence such trait covariances. Moreover, he uses his work to deconstruct barriers to STEM participation and community engagement throughout the Pacific Northwest.

"Cities are microcosms of the evolutionary changes that are occurring on a planetary scale and thus provide a natural laboratory to advance our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world." 

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