Rob Schell

Wildlife & Fisheries Director


Rob Schell is the Wildlife & Fisheries Director at WRA, Inc. with more than 16 years of experience both managing and performing key technical roles in dozens of projects throughout California.  In his role, Rob ensures that WRA’s work reflects the best-available science. Rob and his team utilize, perform, and conduct practical research that informs complex and nuanced wildlife and fisheries management questions that directly affects conservation and land use outcomes. By cultivating an innovative technical environment, Rob and his team are able to develop bespoke, elegant, and cost-effective solutions to complex and diverse environmental challenges.

Rob is a herpetologist and ecologist by training. He is an expert on the California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander and vernal pool branchiopods, for which he holds federal recovery permits. He also is permitted to handle bats and CESA-listed herptiles throughout California. Additionally, Rob has extensive experience with application of environmental DNA (eDNA) applications to streamline survey and monitoring protocols.

In addiiton, Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors for WRA and 501c3 nonprofit, The Biodiversity Group.


Schell, R., K. Smith, C. Dean Novel DNA Collection Method for Identification of Roosting Bat Species, The Wildlife Society, Virtual, 2021

Schell, R. Detecting Vernal Pool Diversity using eDNA. The Wildlife Society/American Fisheries Society – Reno, 2019

Schell, R. Role for Land Banking in Compensatory Mitigation for Loss of Bat Habitat in California? The Wildlife Society – Western Section, Santa Rosa, 2018

Schell, R. California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) recovery within a managed landscape. Two case studies from the San Francisco Bay Area. U.C. Berkeley – I.B. 234 Seminar on Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles, 2014

Schell, R. Translocation of California Red-legged Frog to restored Critical Habitat, Solano County. Methods, challenges, and preliminary results. Amphibian Population Task Force – U.C. Davis, 2016

Schell, R. Population Response of California Red-legged Frog to Predator Eradication: A Long-Term Case Study. The Wildlife Society – Western Section, Pomona, 2016

Schell, R. Challenges Associated with Translocation of a Federally Threatened Amphibian During the Worst Drought in a Generation. The Wildlife Society – Western Section, Pomona, 2016

Schell, R. Translocation of California Red-legged Frog to Restored Critical Habitat, Solano County. Methods, Challenges, and Preliminary Results. The Wildlife Society – Western Section, Sacramento, 2013


Vernal Pool Study (Soil, Water, eDNA samples), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Central Valley, California

Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve (formerly Cojo and Jalama Ranches), Private Client, Santa Barbara County, California

Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank, Private Client, Solano County, California

Callippe Preserve, City of Pleasanton, California

San Diego Gas & Electric, Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line, San Diego County, California

Sherman Island Whale’s Mouth Wetland Restoration Project, Ducks Unlimited, Sacramento County, California

Sears Point Restoration Project, Ducks Unlimited, Sonoma County, California

Dotson (formerly Breuner) Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project, East Bay Regional Park District, Richmond, California


B.S., Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis


USFWS 10(a)1(A) Recovery Permit
• California red-legged frog
• California tiger salamander
• Vernal pool branchiopods

California Department of Fish and Game Scientific Collecting Permit
• Bats
• CESA Herps
• California tiger salamander
• Foothill yellow-legged frog
• Cascade Frog