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Department of Biology

Heidi Schutz

Assistant Professor of Biology

PLU on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo/John Froschauer)
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Education

  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008
  • M.S., Museum and Field Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2002
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997

Selected Articles

  • Labocha, M. K., Schutz, H. and Hayes, J.P.. "Which body condition index is best?." Oikos Vol. 123(1), 2014: 111-119.
  • Dlugosz, E.M., H. Schutz, T. H. Meek,W. Acosta C. J. Downs E. G. Platzer, M. A. Chappell and T. Garland Jr.. "Immune response to a Trichinella spiralis infection in house mice from lines selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running." The Journal of Experimental Biology Vol. 216 (10), 2013: 4212-4221.
  • Downs, C.J., H. Schutz, T.H. Meek, E.M. Dlugosz, W. Acosta K.S. de Wolski, J.L. Malisch, J.P. Hayes and T. Garland Jr.. "Within-lifetime Trade-offs but Evolutionary Freedom for Hormonal and Immunological traits: Evidence from Mice Bred for High Voluntary Exercise." The Journal of Experimental Biology Vol. 215 (10), 2012: 1651-1661.
  • Templeman, N.M., H. Schutz, T. Garland, Jr., and G. B. McClelland. "Do Mice Selectively Bred for High Locomotor Activity Have a Greater Reliance on Lipids to Power Submaximal Aerobic Exercise?." American Journal of Physiology Vol. 303 (1), 2012: R101-R111.

Accolades

  • 2013 NSCI Undergraduate Research Program, Pacific Lutheran University
  • 2012 External Funding Initiative Grant, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • 2008 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship For Cultivating Diversity in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, University of California Riverside
  • 2006 Graduate Fellowship Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Biography

Teaching and Mentoring

I see teaching and mentoring both as a service and as a means of becoming a better scientist and scholar. One of the things I enjoy most is the integrative nature of teaching. For me, teaching is an opportunity to bring together my biological research interests, current research on learning theory and new teaching technologies to create dynamic, challenging and productive courses.

Research

My research focuses on the interplay between form, function, selection and evolutionary history and I employ both comparative and experimental approaches.