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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University (2019)
  • M.S. in Marine Sciences, University of New England (2014)
  • B.S. in Zoology and Biomedical Sciences, University of Oklahoma (2011)


Christopher Goodchild completed his M.S. in marine sciences at the University of New England in 2014, and his Ph.D. in integrative biology at Oklahoma State University in 2019, then he spent a year as a post doc at Virginia Tech. In 2020, Chris joined the Biology Dept. at the University of Central Oklahoma. As an ecotoxicologist and ecological physiologist, Chris is interested in links between molecular responses to adverse environments and whole-organism traits that are important for fitness. Chris' research embraces a highly integrative approach and employs diverse tools in physiology, bioenergetics, (eco)immunology, and behavior to better understand the ecological hazard posed by contaminants and changing environmental conditions.

Classes Taught

Human Anatomy 2504

Teaching Philosophy

The journey to becoming an independent-thinker who embraces uncertainty and is motivated by curiosity is an iterative process that takes patience. My goal as an educator and mentor is to remove hurdles that prevent students from embarking on that journey, while maintaining clearly communicated expectations for students' performance. Fostering curiosity enables students to learn fundamental concepts in biology, as well as become life-long learners and informed citizens who embrace evidence-based decision-making in their own lives. In addition to teaching, I am passionate about investing in students and junior scientists. As a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, I create opportunities for students to develop both technical and soft-skills that are critical for achieving their career goals. My undergraduate mentees have received numerous accolades and successfully begun pursuing the next phase of their career as graduate or professional students in molecular biology, Veterinary Medicine, and healthcare fields (e.g., Physician Assistant, Nursing).

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

*Denotes undergraduate mentee
1.    Goodchild CG, Love AC, Jeffrey B. Krall, DuRant SE. 2020. Weathered crude oil ingestion disrupts cytokine signaling, lowers heterophil:lymphocyte ratio, and alters activity in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Environmental Pollution. 267:115302.

2.    Goodchild CG, Grisham K*, Belden J, DuRant SE. 2020. Effects of sublethal application of Deepwater Horizon oil to bird eggs on embryonic heart and metabolic rate. Conservation Biology. 34:1262-1270.

3.    Goodchild CG, Schmidt LM*, DuRant SE. 2020. Evidence for the 'behavioral character' hypothesis: Does boldness program disparate antipredator strategies? Animal Behaviour 164:123-132.

4.    Goodchild CG, DuRant SE. 2020. Fluorescent heme degradation products are biomarkers of oxidative stress and linked to impaired membrane integrity in avian red blood cells. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 93:129-139.

5.    Goodchild CG, Simpson AM, Minghetti M, DuRant SE. 2019. Bioenergetics-Adverse outcome pathway: linking organismal and suborganismal energetic endpoints to adverse outcomes. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 38:27-45.

6.    Goodchild CG, Frederich M, Zeeman SI. 2016. Is altered behavior linked to cellular energy regulation in a freshwater mussel (Elliptio complanata) exposed to triclosan? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology- Part C. 179:150-157.

7.    Goodchild CG, Frederich M, Zeeman SI. 2015. AMP-activated protein kinase as a biomarker of energetic stress in freshwater mussels exposed to municipal effluents. Science of the Total Environment. 512:201-209.

8.    Franssen NR, Goodchild CG, Shepard DB. 2015. Morphology predicting ecology: incorporating new methodological and analytical approaches. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 98:713-724.

9.    Goodchild CG, Beck ML, Van Diest I, Czesak F, Lane S, Sewall KB. in review. Exposure to dietary lead alters song development, motoric learning, beak coloration, and male attractiveness in a songbird. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

10.    Love A, Grisham K, Krall JB, Goodchild CG, DuRant SE. in review. Perception of infection: Disease-related social cues influence immunity in songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

11.    Goodchild CG, DuRant SE. in review. Bold behavior is linked to genes that regulate energy-use but does not covary with body condition in food restricted snails. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.

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