CUES Research

The CUES provides an organizational framework to support and enhance the current research activities and interests of Butler faculty and students in the areas of urban ecology and sustainability. CUES student interns participate in all aspects of urban ecological research including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research findings.

If you are a faculty member or community organization interested in collaborating with the CUES on a project, please contact Julia Angstmann.

Our Projects

Deer in the woods. Photo from Indy Wildlife Watch research.

Indy Wildlife Watch

As part of a growing national network of cities, the CUES is exploring what wildlife species are present in Indianapolis and how these animals utilize the urban landscape.

Bird Window Strike

The CUES and collaborating organizations are pursuing answers to how bird biomechanics and building structure cause birds to strike window glass.

Soil research through Butler's Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability. Photo includes a student and a staff member examining soil with a shovel.

Sustainable Agriculture in Urban Systems of Indy

The CUES is working with local farmers to determinine soil contaminant health hazards in urban gardens and conducting a deep examination of how sustainable, local agriculture improves soil health.

Map of Indianapolis food deserts

Local Approaches to Combating Food Insecurity

The Department of Sociology and the CUES are working to understand how organizational structure influences approaches to solving food access and food justice challenges in our city.

Group of people in the woods conducting plant diversity sampling

Urban Plant Diversity Monitoring

The CUES is monitoring campus plant diversity and long-term impacts of restoration efforts and invasive honeysuckle removal on plant diversity along Indianapolis waterways.

Turtle close-up photo

Past Projects

The CUES has many past projects that are no longer active, but are not forgotten.