Our Programs

The LMU graduate program in urban ecology is an interdisciplinary collaboration between CURes and the Seaver College of Science and Engineering Graduate Program in Environmental Science.  Seaver College faculty, along with CURes faculty and staff, provide coursework with a research track within the Environmental Science Master’s Degree Program that leads to a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Urban Ecology.

The provided courses are interdisciplinary, inquiry-based and lead to mastery of the elements of the urban ecology discipline.  Examples of thesis projects include: the ecology of feral cats using remote game camera technologies (Courtney McCammon), predator aversion studies of american crows and least terns (Vanessa Velasco) and social analysis of an urban citizen science biodiversity program (April Sandifer).

CURes Executive Director Eric Strauss, Director of Research John Dorsey and affiliated advisors from within and outside of the LMU community, coordinate coursework and graduate student projects on an individual basis.  Typically, extramural grants fund these research programs and students receive stipends.

Contact 

If you are interested in the Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Urban Ecology, please contact Dr. Eric Strauss at eric.strauss@lmu.edu