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

Online Book Club, Org. Post: 4 out of 4 stars


Online Book Club, Org. Official Review: Sojourne Snail’s Sounding Saga 

Post by desantismt_17 » Yesterday, 08:28

[Following is an official review of "Sojourne Snail’s Sounding Saga" by Christine Schonewald.]

"Sojourne Snail’s Sounding Saga by Christine Schonewald follows the adventures of Sojourne, a Pacific sideband snail. After seeing her reflection in a pool, Sojourne is proud of how much she’s grown and believes herself to now be a wise adult snail. However, she is not, and what follows is a series of struggles in which Sojourne discovers how much she still has to learn.

This is one of the most adorable and informational books I’ve read in a long time. Sojourne’s tenacity and persistence make her a great role model for young readers. From the beginning, Schonewald uses a simple but elegant tone to explain how snails exist. I learned what Sojourne uses the various parts of her body for (sensing, moving), and I found out just how dependent snails are on slime for everyday life. All of this is delivered with as many “s” or “sh” sounds as possible. The result is a bit poetic, and it was very fun to read.

Schonewald didn’t stop at body parts and slime. She also described Sojourne’s cerebral ganglion. My initial response when I came across this word was that it was too advanced for the rest of the book’s reading level. I needn’t have worried. The very next words in the book were a definition of the cerebral ganglion (a snail’s brain). In fact, all potentially difficult terms were dealt with in this clear manner, minimizing confusion.

One of my favorite parts of this book was Sojourne’s stomach. It talked, loudly proclaiming its hunger. I also loved the “snail boxes,” which were QR codes embedded into some of the pictures. If kids (or adults, for that matter) wanted to know more about the animals in the book, they could scan the code with a smartphone and be brought to a site with additional information. This was such a great way to incorporate technology into the story. There were also links at the back of the book for further reading on the topics not covered by “snail boxes.”

This is also one of the best-edited books I’ve read recently. I noted not one error. This combined with the beautiful storytelling and writing mean I could award Sojourne Snail’s Sounding Saga nothing less than 4 out of 4 stars. There was nothing I disliked, and I never thought to give it 3. I recommend this book for kids between ages 6 and 9. Slightly younger readers might enjoy this story and it’s pictures with the help of an adult. For me, Sojourne’s story was a fun romp into the animal kingdom, and I would pick up more of Schonewald’s work without hesitation."

Post by kdstrack » Today, 18:19 [June 1, 2019]

"This sounds just wonderful! The author informs and entertains at the same time. This makes science fun for this age group. Thanks for this amazing recommendation!"

Latest Review: Beyond Petra by Mohamed Abueljebain

Can be purchased from on-line retailers and requested from Bookstores and Libraries; 
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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) comprises 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