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Schafer worked in the ship's biology laboratory and reported to senior biologist Francis Greelee. He had grown bored with animal dissection and aspired to do more. He appreciated Greelee taking him under his wing and providing guidance on independent studies.
In 2268, Greelee invited Schafer to join a survey team on the tropical planet Tau Omega III. The wind was knocked out of him when their shuttlecraft Copernicus crash-landed. The ensign was first to discover meter-wide footprints in the jungle by a pond, evidence of an omegasaurus.
He cautiously brought Greelee a tricorder to scan a group of curious Tau Omega III harpies, but the reptiles panicked at a threatening move by security officer Kevin Fitzroy and attacked. Renus pinned Schafer, but he shoved the harpy back with his legs and was able to stun it with his phaser. (TOS - FASA RPG short story: "Planetfall")