SPA Lab Team (Fall 2019) missing a few members due to filed work. Left to right: Mike Farinacci, Toby Maxwell, Weicheng Wang, Bryce Izlar, Jamie Wright, Adriana Uscanga, Hilary Dawson, Barbara Bomfim, Ori Chafe, Sydney Katz, Alison Deak, and Lucas Silva.
Current Lab Members
Lucas Silva – Principal Investigator – Silva CV June 2020
Adriana Uscanga. PhD candidate specializing in landscape ecology with focus on human-environment interactions and sustainability of agroecosystems.
Schyler Reis. PhD candidate investigating the effects of disturbance and climate on vegetation shifts across drylands of the Pacific Northwest.
Jamie Wright. PhD candidate investigating climatic and biogeochemical processes that influence the stability of forest-savanna boundaries.
Ori Chafe. NSF Graduate Research Fellow PhD student studying interactions of climate and disturbance with shrub expansion in the Arctic.
Mike Farinacci. MS student interested in the influence of climate and disturbance on forest ecohydrology in the Pacific Northwest.
Alison Deak. MS student interested in fire ecology and studying the degradation and subsequent recovery of forest landscapes to inform land management decisions.
Hilary Dawson. Laboratory Technician. Interested in botany and currently investigating prairie drought responses through leaf economics.
Sydney Katz. Honors College student. Research Assistant. Interested in forestry practices and studying the differences in soil characteristics between managed and old growth forests.
Bryce Izlar. Research Assistant. Interested in habitat fragmentation to apply and integrate SPA interactions into current ecological restoration science.
Lenora Davis. Research Assistant (NSF-funded ESPRIT fellow). Interested in incorporating climate change and local ecological research into environmental science curriculum as a high school teacher.
Delaney Kleiner. Honors College student. Research Assistant (NSF-funded ESPRIT fellow). Interested in climate change, conservation, and sustainability with an ecological emphasis. Studying effects of tundra fire disturbance on arctic soils.
Adrian Broz. PhD Candidate. Co-advised with Greg Retallack. Investigating the factors that control organic
Carbon and nutrient stock quantification at HJ Andrews
Soil Science crew at Jory site in central Oregon
Experimental Analysis of Plant-Microbe “Communication”
SPA “lab meeting” American river
Tree ring sampling in Tibet
NSF Co-PI Corinne Wong sampling speleothems in Brazil