By Laura H. Bravo
Russell Schexnayder is a retired businessman living in Houston, Texas. Throughout his life and career, he has moonlighted as an amateur theoretical biomathematician—using his mathematical acumen and proficient research skills to create ground-breaking ideas and theories. Whether studying genealogy, examining maps and elevations for flood control planning, researching human evolution or delving into the DNA of the canine, Schexnayder’s thorough method has produced concrete results.
Taking an active role in the neighborhood’s civic groups and heading up the Flood Control Committee was a natural for Schexnayder with his keen interest in water run-off patterns and flood control. In the 1990s he conceived a stormwater detention cum neighborhood revitalization plan with large basins for the stormwater runoff as well as creating public greenspace for wildlife habitat for the community. His plan was ultimately adopted. It is known as Willow Waterhole, encompassing 291 acres in southwest Houston. The excavation of the last two of the six lakes will be completed in 2016, concluding a $70 million project (in 1998 dollars).
Schexnayder’s work on the seven sizes of the dog is a culmination of more than 25 years of study. His theory on the repeated sequencing of molecules to determine which of the seven sizes of the dog any pup will grow up to be could change the way the dog breeds are classified in future generations. Dog buyers and breeders can look to his research and classifications to gain new information.
An eighth generation Louisiana native, Schexnayder appreciates good Cajun cuisine and fortunately has the skills to create it! Andouille jambalaya and shrimp and okra gumbo are just a couple of the specialties enjoyed by his Texas family. Tracing his genealogy and learning of his ancestors over the centuries helped to fuel his interest in genetics and lead to a study on the Neanderthal. Schexnayder’s study of the Neanderthal brain and their metabolism has produced significant findings. He is working on assembling his findings in the coming year.
Russell will answer written questions: RSchesnayder@comcast.net »