David Scheel's photo David Scheel
Professor of Marine Biology

Contact Information:
dscheel at alaskapacific.edu
Office: Gould Hall Rm. 124

Mailing Address:
4101 University Dr.
Anchorage AK 99508
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ABC Ocean Mysteries (Hulu) airs 19 Mar | Episode preview (Jan 2016)

Last year, 2015
Sy's OCTOPUS BOOKS: Finalists for awards National Book Award finalists (Oct 2015); AAAS Science Book & Film Award finalists (Nov 2015)
Earth Touch: World Octopus Day October 8 (Oct 2015)
Octopus SST Marine & Freshwater Research Issue cover (Sep 2015)

Earth Touch: Natural World Octopolis battleground (Sep 2015)
The Scene, Weather Channel Octopuses Fight (Sep 2015)
All Things Considered Octopuses take up arms (Aug 2015)
Colin McEnroe Show Smart as an octopus? (Sy Montgomery)(Aug 2015)
New Scientist Do octopuses use projectiles? (Aug 2015)
NY Times Evening Briefing (#12) | James Gorman ScienceTake (Jul 2015)
National Geographic Wet & Wild Octopus Talk (Jul 2015)
New books on octopuses (Sy Montgomery)(May 2015)
Octopus Scientists Soul of an octopus

Urban Marine Ecology (E. Heery)(Apr 2014) New Discoveries
Anchorage Daily News (Jun 2013) New Octopus?
BBC Nature (Apr 2012) In pictures: Tracking secretive octopuses

Research Interests

Octopus ecology: Behavior, ecology, genetics, captive care and physiology of octopuses, especially the giant Pacific octopus Enteroctopus dofleini in Alaska. 

Crab anti-predator response: Behavioral and community-level responses of crabs to predation.

Predator-prey interactions: Dynamics of predators and their prey emphasizing behavior.  Previous work conducted with the collaborators linked below.

North Gulf Oceanic Society   |   PWS Science Center   |   Lion Research Center   |  

Aquarium science: Care and husbandry of organisms in aquariums.  Student work associated with the University aquarium systems is linked below.

Coral aquaculture   |   Aquarium biology course   |  

Typical Courses
Integrated Science
Aquarium Biology
Invertebrate Zoology
Animal Behavior

Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Evolution
Philosophy of Mind


Ph.D. 1992, M.S. 1986, Ecology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, M.N.
Ph.D. thesis title: Foraging behavior and predator avoidance: Lions and their prey in the Serengeti. Thesis Professor: Dr. Craig Packer

B.S. 1984 cum laude, Biology (Experimental Psychology minor)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

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