Christine Schonewald, PhD

- Christine Green -

As of June 2019

Now retired,  I live in the Pacific Northwest amid bald eagles, loons, orcas, salmon, river and sea otters, old cedars and mountain snails. In this northeast-most US island of the Salish Sea, next to the Lummi Nation lands and Bellingham, it is a very short ferry boat ride to colleges, universities, theaters, federal, state and local parks, and sufficiently abundant eating sites. We are so close to the Canadian border that we often visit Vancouver. Whether we are on the island, water or mainland, we live within one of the most inspiring and fruitful biomes of North America—of the world.

Present Activities

I am writing a few books, learing about the natural history of both marine and continental habitats here, and am engaged in cultural arts, natural history observations and still learning new subjects and skills.  I also continue to conceptualize and study how mapped boundaries and boundary processes operate.

Christine 69 with 11 month old rescued Romanian Mioritic Shepherd
Spring 2019 --two grey floor mops! Suppot Rescue!

New Book April 2019

Sojourne Snail's Sounding Saga

2019 (April 2019) Publisher: iUniverse. 52pp. 

(paperback only; also available in eBooks)

child's and school book for love of language, tongue twisters, growing up, natural history, pacific northwest and snails
Can be purchased on line with known retailers and requested in Bookstores and Libraries; 
Email me if you have difficulty obtaining this book.

A fictional story of a snail that takes place in a non fictional setting of northwestern forest ponds, shrubs and stumps beneath tall forest trees. The diversity of the story's multisylabic words behave as notes do in a song. They portray the beauty of language and pack energy into asearch for true stories to be unveiled about all the animals, plants and mushrooms named in the story. The melody of language is based on  the sound "s", including some tongue twists. Sojourne's story is designated for children but adults will read first. It is well illustrated by a young middle school student, who's now entered highschool.Whether the reader is a preschooler or adult that has to color in the pages when they use black and white drawings, or a grammar school student that needs to learn why books are fun, or a new natural historian, Sojourne Snail's Sounding Saga can entertain you and multiple audiences.

Previous Work

One Stranger's Songs

Schonewald, Christine.  iUniverse, Inc. New York, Bloomington © 2009; 472pp.

(a collection of ~400 poems written 1960- 2009.)

One Stranger's Songs (2009) a collection of my poems, spanning time, from highschool to the begining 2000's. In the cover photograph I am being silly while being amazed a the size of the giant coastal redwoods. Those contrasts of wonderment and flippant never matured really. Because the writing extends over such a long period, both the topics and age related perspectives change. And along this timeline there were stirring moments.


Some of the poetry recieved awards from the San Francisco Writers Conference, 2007 and 2008 (Christine Schonewald, and Christine Green) See also: Selected Poems (PP.101-112). In-Building Bridges from Writers to Readers: The San Francisco Writers Conference Anthology, ed. Vickie Weiland; co-founders Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen. iUniverse, Inc., New York, Bloomington © 2009; 134 pp. [Trickle Down for Common Good? (p. 101); Bridge to Daddy's Smile (p. 102); Eyes Know It's Bedtime (p. 103) Glass Is a Thin Lens, Four Cornered (p. 106); Sight (p. 110)] and Michael Larsen. iUniverse, Inc., New York, Bloomington © 2009; 134 pp. [Trickle Down for Common Good? (p. 101); Bridge to Daddy's Smile (p. 102); Eyes Know It's Bedtime (p. 103) Glass Is a Thin Lens, Four Cornered (p. 106); Sight (p. 110)]

Genetics and Conservation

Already in the 1970's the value of genetics to conservation was well recognized and generated specializations critical to saving and restoring populations of declining and endangered animal and plant species. A few years passed and the field of conservation genetics emerged, providing major guidelines for conservation of animal and plant populations, world wide. 

Genetics and Conservation, first published in 1983, started and hoped to help sustain a reciprocated exchange between scientists and managers, regarding the importance of genetics to conservation implementation, and regarding realistic constraints and obstacles that impede conservation, ultimately.

Genetics and Conservation was a collaborative effort. Many more people than the editors and contributors provided for the projects effectiveness. The book has emerged in two editions, with the second having added a second Preface: 1983 Addison Wesley/Benjamin Cummings. 722 pp.; 2003 second edition. Blackburn Press. (photo is the Blackburn Press edition.) (Schonewald and Schonewald-Cox are one and the same.)

 This paragraph below is copied from a longer review. Tap the link (above).


Foundations in Conservation Biology
Jeff Brawn, Curt Meine, and Scott Robinson (Editors) University of Chicago Press


Conservation Genetics: Founding Principles, Primary Concerns
Ken N. Paige, Illinois edu

Birth of Conservation Genetics  
Beginning in the early 1970’s, Sir Otto Frankel was largely responsible for initial recognition of the importance of genetic factors and the role of evolution in conservation (Frankham 1995a). Until 1970, little thought was given to the genetic resources of wild biota perhaps because they were assumed to be self-renewing in natural communities (Frankel 1970, 1974).  But, these communities are now disappearing at an unprecedented rate (Frankel 1974).  These 1970 papers by Frankel and two additional publications in the early 1980’s, Soulé and Wilcox’s Conservation Biology: An Evolutionary-Ecological Perspective (1980) and Frankel and Soulé’s Conservation and Evolution (1981), were instrumental in integrating genetics into the field of conservation biology (Schonewald-Cox 2003).  With the publication of Genetics and Conservation by Schonewald-Cox, Chambers, MacBryde, and Thomas in 1983, conservation genetics was formally launched as a distinct discipline (Avise 2008).  The broad topics covered in this book included the effects of isolation, extinction, bottlenecks and founder events, the natural distribution of genetic diversity, taxonomic considerations, and beginning attempts to guide management using genetic principles.  Conservation genetics has rapidly matured as a science, as evidenced by the appearance of two journals over the last decade dedicated solely to conservation genetics: Conservation Genetics and Conservation Genetics Resources.

Conservation Genetics: Founding Principles, Primary Concerns
Ken N. Paige 04/2014 pub: Illinois edu