Jaclyn Schnurr

Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Chair, Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Stratton 315

Jaclyn Schnurr

"The small class sizes and enthusiastic students make teaching at Wells College a very satisfying experience. Students are involved in dialogue in the classroom, and never feel intimidated by asking questions and speaking up in class. Plus, the outdoor 'classroom' provided by the Finger Lakes region is invaluable to plant biology."

Professor Schnurr's research investigates responses of plants to differing environmental conditions – from the fates of seeds, to growth and reproduction of adults, and finally to uses of the plants by people, both in disturbed and undisturbed areas. These topics are well adapted to hands-on learning by students in both independent and lab settings. Her philosophy is that students learn best by doing, and even simple, short-term research projects are valuable to both the field of plant biology and a student's education.


1994 B.S. Cornell University
2000 Ph.D. Idaho State University

Select Publications

Schnurr, J.L. and B.S. Collins. 2007. Influences on Oak and Pine Establishment with time-since-fire in Sandhills Pinus palustris (Longleaf pine) forests. Southeastern Naturalist 6(3): 523-534.

Schnurr, J.L. June 2007 posting date. Evaluating the impact of TIEE activitieson student learning: lessons for the instructor, Teaching issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 5: Research #5[online].

Tripler, E.E., Canham, C.D., Inouye, R.S., & Schnurr, J.L. 2005. Competitive hierarchies of temperate tree species: interactions between resource availability and white-tailed deer. Ecoscience 12(4): 494-505.

Schnurr, J.L., Canham, C.D., Ostfeld, R.S. & Inouye, R.S. 2004. Neighborhood analyses of small mammal abundance and activity: impacts on tree seed predation and seedling extablishment. Ecology 85(3): 741-55.

Schnurr, J.L., Ostfeld, R.S., & Canham, C.D. 2002. Direct and indirect effects of masting on rodent populations and tree seed survival. Oikos 96(3): 402-410.

Courses Taught

  • Plants, Medicines, and Civilization
  • The Biology of Organisms
  • Plant Diversity and Evolution
  • Plant Physiology
  • Advanced Ecology: Forest Ecology
  • Physical Geology