About

Dr. Shannon McCarragher

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Assistant Professor of Geography
Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies Dept.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Research Interests:  Conservation Biogeography, GIScience/Cartography, and STEM Education. These realms do at times intertwine to create creative, interdisciplinary research opportunities.

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  • 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 savannahs, and urban/human-dominated environments.
  • The GIScience/Cartography realm involves projects that require geospatial analyses and/or the design and use of geographic information and Geographic Information Systems.
  • 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.

Explore this site to learn more about geography, see what’s new in the McCarragher Geography Lab, and find out how you can get involved with geography at UTC.

All are welcome.