The SPA LAB bridges multiple scientific disciplines in the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Geography and Institute of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Oregon.
Our primary goal is to improve basic knowledge of ecological and biogeochemical processes (occurring above and below ground) to better understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems as a step towards building a more sustainable future.
Our projects address emerging challenges for sustainability focusing on solutions for the impact of land degradation and climatic or atmospheric alterations on natural and human-engineered ecosystems across biomes.
Our students are trained to conduct data-intensive interdisciplinary research, fusing field observations, laboratory experiments, and modeling tools to learn from nature how to optimize the use and conservation of land, air, and water resources.