Jaclyn Schnurr

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
"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."
Stratton 315

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]. http://tiee.ecoed.net/vol/v5/research/schnurr/abstract.html

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

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