Dr. Shannon McCarragher


Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Research Interests:  Conservation and Urban 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, multidisciplinary research opportunities.


  • The Biogeography realm includes projects that explore abiotic and biotic factors influencing vegetation communities in relation to plant invasion dynamics, biodiversity conservation, urban sustainability, restoration, productivity, plant-soil interactions, population genetics, and human-environment interactions – with a specific focus on Midwestern and 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, diversity, and STEM; 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 Biogeography Research Group, and find out how you can get involved with geography at SIUE.

All are welcome.