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David Scheel

Professor of Marine Biology
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• Ph.D. Ecology, University of Minnesota
• M.S. Ecology, University of Minnesota
• B.S. Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

David is a field-oriented ecologist with experience in remote and wilderness settings in Africa and Alaska.
He joined Alaska Pacific University in 2000 and teaches courses in marine biology and animal behavior.

David was educated in biology, animal behavior, and ecology; and trained in the field in places such as Yellowstone NP, Serengeti NP in Tanzania, and many sites around Alaska. He lived with African lions and wild dogs for two years in the Serengeti, researching lion hunting behavior. He began working with marine predators in 1993. In his marine research he has worked with fisheries, marine birds and mammals, and marine invertebrates in Prince William Sound and the north Gulf of Alaska.

David specializes in the ecology and evolution of predator-prey relations and habitat use; and he has conducted theoretical, field, and laboratory studies in this area. His interests include the theory and philosophy of evolution, the evolution of consciousness, animal behavior, predator-prey ecology, ecology of social predators, and cephalopod biology. His research since 1995 examines the biology of the Giant Pacific Octopus , and includes field studies in Prince William Sound conducted in the intertidal, by SCUBA diving, and by submersible. The octopus studies also brought David to Tatitlek, Chenega Bay and Port Graham villages, where he worked with Native Alaskans to improve his understanding of octopus ecology through traditional ecological knowledge .

David is a NAUI-certified Rescue Diver and AAUS Scientific Diver, an aquarium enthusiast, and a wildlife photographer. He is married and has two daughters.

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