Research Opportunities


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. Learn more about this project at the Urban Greenspace Research Collaborative.
  • Exploring the ecological impacts and underlying evolutionary mechanisms associated with the spread of Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle) – an invasive shrub.Field research shot - measuring honeysuckle heights and density