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The SPA LAB bridges multiple scientific disciplines at the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography, and Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon.
Our primary goal is to improve basic knowledge of interdependent ecological and biogeochemical processes (occurring above and below ground) to better understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems as a critical step towards building a sustainable path for humanity.
Our projects address emerging challenges for environmental sustainability focusing on solutions for ubiquitous environmental impacts of land degradation and climatic or atmospheric alterations on natural and human-engineered ecosystems.
Our students are trained to 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.