Heidi Schutz

Associate Professor of Biology


Heidi Schutz

Office Location:Rieke Science Center - Room 152

Status:On Leave

Curriculum Vitae: View my CV

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  • 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

  • Garland Jr., T., Meek, T., Scutz, H., Wone, B.W.M., Yima, W.C.. "Mitochondrial haplotypes are not associated with mice selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running.." Mitochondrion 2018:
  • 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.
  • Copes, L.E., Dlugsoz, E.M., Garland Jr., T., Judex, S., Schutz, H. "Locomotor activity, growth hormones, and systemic robusticity: An investigation of cranial vault thickness in mouse lines bred for high endurance running." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2018:


  • 2018 PLU Spirit of Diversity Award
  • 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


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.


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

Summer Research: Studying the Evolution of Fish