The SPA LAB bridges the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography and Institute of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Oregon.
Our goal is to improve basic knowledge of ecological and biogeochemical processes to better understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems as a step towards building a sustainable future.
Our projects address emerging challenges for sustainability focusing on solutions for the impact of land degradation and climate change impacts on natural and human-engineered ecosystems.
Our students conduct data-intensive interdisciplinary research, fusing field observations, laboratory experiments, and modeling tools to learn from nature and to optimize the use and conservation of land, air, and water resources.