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Christopher Schell

Christopher Schell

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California-Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall, #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California-Berkeley


Christopher J. Schell is an urban ecologist, professor, Afrofuturist, father, and writer. Schell’s research sits at the intersection of animal behavior, physiology, urban biodiversity conservation, environmental justice, and One Health to investigate how carnivores – namely coyotes, foxes, and raccoons – adapt to life in cities. In addition, Schell’s lab integrates critical discourses on how structural oppression (e.g., redlining, pollution burden, and socioeconomic disparities) directly shape the very urban features associated with human-wildlife interactions, conflict, and adaptation. This transdisciplinary work aims to disentangle how environmental injustices have structured our urban ecosystems and how we can harness those lessons to build more just, biodiverse, and resilient cities. Schell is a National Geographic Explorer, Grist Fixer, Cal Academy Fellow and Board Member, and Affiliate Faculty with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, with his work featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vox Explained, and various NPR radio events. Since 2021, Schell has served on the faculty in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley. A born-and-raised Los Angelean now firmly planted in the Bay Area, Schell weaves his lived experiences as a Black man and Californian to coproduce justice- and equity-centered research programs with local communities that regenerate urban nature, environmental health, and access for all peoples.

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Haight, J., S. J. Hall, M. Fidino, S. A. Adalsteinsson, A. A. Ahlers, J. Angstmann, W. J. Anthonysamy, E. Biro, M. K. Collins, B. Dugelby, T. Gallo, A. M. Green, L. Hartley, M. J. Jordan, C. A. Kay, E. W. Lehrer, R. A. Long, B. MacDougall, S. B. Magle, D. E. Minier, C. Mowry, M. H. Murray, K. Nininger, M. E. Pendergast, K. Remine, T. Ryan, C. Salsbury, C. Schell, C. H. Sekercioglu, L. Wayne, D. Will, J. Williamson, L. Wilson, A. J. Zellmer and J. S. Lewis. 2023. Urbanization, climate and species traits shape mammal communities from local to continental scales. Nature Ecology & Evolution 7:1654-1666. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-023-02166-x. (link )