Meet the UGRC Team

Principal Investigators:

Listed alphabetically.

Dr. Christopher Acuff (he/him/his)-
Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. DeAnna E. Beasley (she/her/hers)-
Assistant professor of Integrated Ecology in the Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chapel Cowden (she/her/hers)-
Health and Science Instruction Librarian specializing in health and science-related information at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Shannon McCarragher (she/her/hers)-
Assistant Professor of Biogeography in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Student Research Assistants:

Listed chronologically.

Alissa Harris (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate student in Environmental Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

(Spring 2022-present)

Rachel Rose (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

(Fall 2021-present)

Timilehin Ayokunle Famiwaye (he/him/his) is a graduate student in Geography and Geographic Information Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

(Fall 2021-present)

Wade Filges (he/him/his) is an undergraduate student in Environmental Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

(Fall 2021-present)

Logan Pelo (he/him/his) is a graduate student in Geography and Geographic Information Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

(Fall 2021-present)

Martina Leach (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate student in Biology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

(Fall 2021-Spring 2022)

Michael Wood (he/him/his) graduated SIUE in Dec. 2021 with an International Studies major and a Geography and Geographic Information Sciences minor.

(Fall 2021)