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Projects

Every time I start a new project I think to myself: "what have I done now?" and "how am I ever going to figure all this out???" No matter how much internal angst I put myself through, the truth is that I love trying new things, collaborating with amazing people, and seeing what I can manifest.

Flipboard is an online news compilation program.  I've created this "flipboard" about animal geography during Covid19 to help keep up with animal-related news during the pandemic.  Please feel free to share articles you think I should include!

the coordinates society

The Coordinates Society is an ongoing project in collaboration with fellow geographer Connie Johnston.  With a mission to help cultivate a geographic curiosity, we have done work to build a digital magazine and hope to be able to spend more time growing this vision - but we have some wonderful articles - so please check them out!

My current animal-related research project is focused on uncovering and telling the story of the Humane Society of Kansas City - an organization founded in 1883!  I am focusing on its early years to try and understand what animal welfare concerns were at the time and where/how the group was able to make an impact.

The image to the right is from a 1910 celebration of the opening of a public horse fountain.

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I was honored to be invited to join this conference as a Discussant.  To watch my full session please click here.  If you want to just watch my "discussant response" please fast forward to minute 50.

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saving garner farm trail: a meridian herrington adventure

Meridian Herrington has just moved from one side of the country to the other and she must find her way in her new home. In the fields near her house, she discovers that she can talk to Beebo and Felix - two chipmunks who are trying to save themselves and their friends from a farmer's poison. Join Meridian and her friends to see what happens when one determined girl sets her mind to help others.

This is a children's book for readers ages 9-12

Dear Aunt Julie, The book you wrote (in my opinion) was a book that you could really picture. I personally think this book is in my Top 10 favorites and that's a lot to say!   - Bre Urbanik, age 12

Kansas City: An American Zoopolis is a ~30 minute documentary about the role of animals in the city's history.  It is my first documentary project and was completed with the support of the Missouri Humanities Council.  It was also selected for the inaugural Kansas City Local Film Festival in 2016.

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For me, Dr. Urbanik has become more than a reader, but a colleague and friend. She is a wonderful listener and communicator and she is phenomenal at refining, reorganizing, and transforming chaotic ideas and thoughts into meaningful discourse. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Urbanik."

- Poppy Di Candeloro