Providing mixed-method, multidisciplinary field and lab research experiences for SIUE students is a top priority of the McCarragher Biogeography Research Group. We address a variety of real-world questions related to human-environment interactions, socio-ecological impact, and the conservation of biodiversity.
I work hard to create a supportive, inclusive, interesting, and beneficial research environment for curious, enthusiastic, driven, innovative, and collegial students. So, if any of the following topics, current projects, and/or student opportunities interest you, feel free to contact me for more details.
Current Projects AND Student Research Opportunities:
- Exploring the socio-ecological characteristics of greenways within multiple cities reflecting various stages of future urban growth to develop an evidence-based, comprehensive framework for assessing habitat connectivity and the impact of greenways on the built/natural environment and city sustainability/resilience.
- Fall 2021 URCA Research Assistant positions are filled! Stay tuned for future URCA positions!
- Exploring the ecological impacts and underlying evolutionary mechanisms associated with the spread of Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle) – an invasive shrub.
- Interdisciplinary investigations of unique closed depressions in Cumberland Plateau: geophysical properties, micro-climates, and vegetation communities.
- “Building a Smarter Chattanooga: Connecting our City to its Foundation” project – placemaking and community engagement with story maps.
- Story maps connecting Edwardsville, IL to its foundation in an effort to facilitate and assess placemaking and community engagement.
- Investigating the role of urbanization in the spread of invasive plant species. Specifically, to what extent does distance from roads impact exotic invasive species densities?