Dr. Shannon McCarragher


Assistant Professor of Geography
Geography Department
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Research Interests:  Conservation Biogeography, Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and STEM Education. Projects that incorporate more than one of these interests are especially exciting, as they tend to create innovative, interdisciplinary research opportunities.


  • The Conservation Biogeography realm includes projects that explore abiotic and biotic factors influencing vegetation communities in relation to plant invasion dynamics, biodiversity conservation, restoration, productivity, plant-soil interactions, population genetics, and human-environment interactions – with a specific focus on southeastern US, wetlands, Midwestern oak savannas, and urban/human-dominated built environments.
  • The GIS and Cartography realm includes projects that incorporate geospatial analyses, remote sensing, and/or the design, use, and visual communication of geographic information using Geographic Information Systems (e.g. ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS StoryMaps, etc.).
  • The STEM Education realm concentrates on research related to (but not limited to): 1) pedagogy – theory, practice, and effectiveness of teaching STEM; 2) gender and STEM – women in science; and 3) STEM literacy – citizen science, public outreach, civic engagement, and K-12 STEM education.

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All are welcome.