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Sentinels of the City: Coyotes and Raccoons as Urban Ecosystem Ambassadors – RAIN Incubator, Superheroes of Science Lecture Series

October 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sentinels of the City: Coyotes and raccoons as urban ecosystem ambassadors

Dr. Chris Schell is an urban ecologist whose research integrates evolutionary theory with ecological application to disentangle the processes accentuating human-carnivore conflict. Specifically, Chris’ interests lie in understanding the physiological mechanisms and anthropogenic drivers that may contribute to fearless behavior in urban carnivores. His research is uniquely tied to the community: urban ecology is inherently a synergy of anthropogenic forces and natural processes. Hence, he often works closely with nondominant communities (e.g. ethnic and racial minorities), wildlife managers, cultural institutions, and philanthropic organizations to help foster mutually enriching relationships among people and wildlife. Concurrently, he strives to increase representation and affect positive change in STEM.


The Superheroes of Science lecture series brings renowned scientists to RAIN’s downtown Tacoma location. The storytellers unfold their work and its importance, fantastic failures and lessons learned, the future of their field, and war stories from the lab.

Now open to the public, this growing event brings the local science community together, serves as a platform for networking and cross-pollination, and empowers students with lessons they can leverage to be successful in their careers.

$10 donation suggested, not required.


October 14, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


RAIN Incubator


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