The Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) is a unique interdepartmental and inter-institutional graduate student training program dedicated to the study of Evolutionary Biology. Faculty and students in the program are engaged in interdisciplinary studies at time scales that range from single generations to the entire history of life and at organizational scales from the molecular to the global.
Chris Schell’s interests lie in the various dynamics that exist between parents and offspring. More specifically, he is fascinated by the impacts that non-genetic factors of parental care can have on offspring development. Using coyotes as his study system, Chris’ research focuses on the potential impact of parental hormones and behavior on the development of offspring traits. This work has relevancy for both research and management officials, particularly because coyote parents are likely to prime offspring traits for survival in human-dominated landscapes. Since 2010, he has closely studied this species at the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) Predator Research Facility in Millville, UT. He has yet to look back, and hopes to utilize future results to help reduce human-wildlife conflict in multiple metropolitan areas.Read More about Chris Schell or visit the Spotlight Archive.