Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Meler

    Email Address: mmeler@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Secondary Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Title: Professor
    Office: 3338 SES M/C 066 Phone: 312-3553928
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    We study the impacts of environmental change and pollution on ecosystem functioning and health, and the way ecosystems can help us in mitigating or adapting to these changes in air and water quality. These ecosystems include urban areas, agricultural systems, restored prairies, temperate forests, Arctic tundra and tropical areas. In our experiments we often simulate environmental conditions of the future to anticipate responses and feedbacks in air quality and ecosystem and publich health. We are also interested in the social aspects of human-nature conflicts, particularly urban areas.

    We are open to explore the applicant's own questions in this broad field of humans and the environment.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    No experience necessary for most positions. Type of work will be determined after a brief interview based on student's interests, time commitment and lab capabilities.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We expect the student to develop critical thinking on issues of environmental health. We also desire the student to understand how basic and applied science work and how the interrelte with one another. We offer flexible hours and we emphasize career development, so we expect to have conversations on how to better strategize the applicant's future.

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