Quantitative research on sustainability

The SPA LAB bridges core research areas within the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography, and Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon to study how soil-plant-atmosphere interactions influence the distribution and function of terrestrial ecosystems.
Our students conduct data-intensive scientific research, blending laboratory experiments, field observations, and modeling tools to gain basic knowledge and to optimize the use of natural resources across biomes.
Our current projects address emerging challenges for environmental sustainability, focusing on connections between natural and human-altered systems, to enhance our ability to predict and mitigate the impacts of global environmental change.