Our Programs

CURes supports a wide variety of research activities aimed at better understanding the biological and social structure and function of urban communities.  Our current research projects focus on the urban forest in the Los Angeles region, the scope of environmental stewardship in LA County, park user behavior in the Baldwin Hills, coyote behavior and distribution in Long Beach, the pollutant removal efficiency of a municipal rain garden in Culver City, and urban biodiversity in the Ballona Wetlands. Additionally, we house two international research programs in Bonn, Germany and Costa Rica.

The Nature of Our Research

1)  Many of our studies are community-based and invite participation from a wide variety of stakeholders and funders.

2) Our research involves LMU faculty, grad students and undergraduates.

3) Our research provides long-term study opportunities suitable for integration into lab courses and community management plans.

We invite you to further explore our research projects through the menu links, and contact the CURes Director of Research with questions about collaborative partnership or student independent research opportunities.