CHECK IT OUT: Now Accepting Spring 2022 URCA Research Assistant Applicants!

Are you interested in sustainability, Biogeography, urban green spaces, urban heat island effect, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, weather, and/or climate? Are you looking for opportunities to get involved with research and boost your CV or resume?

If so, I encourage you to apply for this Geography URCA Research Assistant position. You will explore the biogeography of greenspaces within the built environment (urban landscape) to better understand the spatial patterns of urban biodiversity and ecological networks, and assess what impact, if any, urban landscape features and abiotic characteristics have on those spatial patterns. More specifically, you will help assess the socio-ecological role of urban greenways, which serve as an interface between human and natural systems across built environments and thus may act as both an ecological network and a means for enhancing urban resilience and sustainability.

Deadline to apply is fast approaching (Wednesday, 12/15 by 5 PM), so don’t put it off – apply today!

URCA Assistant Responsibilities are as follows:

• Research primary literature and conduct a content analysis of peer-reviewed literature about remote sensing techniques used to characterize urban structure and cover.

• Monitor status of microclimate environmental data loggers along greenways and perform weekly data downloads.

• Conduct weekly midday (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; ideally = 12-1 PM) greenway observations that record traffic and activity counts (and weather surveys, as applicable) at assigned points along greenways.

• Assist with the characterization of urban structure and cover along greenways using remote sensing and GIS (e.g., digitization, geospatial analyses, spectral imagery classifications, etc.)

To apply, visit the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program website at:

Then scroll down to find ‘Geography’ then click ‘Apply Now!’ in the row for ‘Shannon McCarragher.’

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