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 processes that influence the distribution and function of terrestrial ecosystems.
Our students conduct data-intensive research, blending laboratory experiments, field observations, and modeling tools to gain basic knowledge of nature and to guide the sustainable use of land, air, and water resources.
Our current projects address emerging challenges for environmental sustainability focusing on connections between natural and human-engineered systems to predict or mitigate the impacts of environmental change from local to global scales.