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The SPA LAB bridges research areas within the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography, and Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon to understand fundamental processes that influence the distribution and function of terrestrial ecosystems.
Our students conduct data-intensive interdisciplinary research, blending laboratory experiments, field observations, and modeling tools to gain basic knowledge of nature and to foster the sustainable use of natural resources.
Our current projects address emerging challenges for environmental sustainability focusing on connections between natural and human-engineered systems to predict and mitigate the impacts of global environmental change on land, air, and water resources.