5349-silva-1Lucas Silva – Principal Investigator

Adriana Uscanga-Castillo PhD student (UO) – Studies landscape ecology and agroecology with focus on human-environment interactions and sustainability of natural and managed ecosystems.
Schyler Reis PhD student (UO) – Studies the interactive effects of disturbance and climate-induced vegetation shifts on carbon and water cycles in Oregon drylands.
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Jamie Wright PhD student (UO) – Studies how climate change affects soil microbial communities and biogeochemical processes that influence the stability of forest-grassland boundaries.
Ian Petersen PhD student (UO) – Studies the relationship between microbial communities and ecosystem functions and their interactions with soil structure. Also a member of the Bohannan Lab.
Barbara Bomfim PhD candidate (UCDavis). Studies interactions between carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles in Brazil to better manage and restore forests. Also a member of Horwath‘s Lab.
Toby Maxwell PhD candidate (UCDavis). Studies links between biogeochemical and climatic variability using carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen stable isotopes of plant and soil molecular biomarkers.
Weicheng Wang MS student (UO) – Studies interactions between fire, insects and climate. He is also interested in GIS and its applications in geography and ecology. Also a member of Bone‘s group.
Tara Seely MS student (UCDavis) Studies soil hydrology and water-use efficiency in almond orchards in California. She is interested in using scientific data to improve land management and policy.
Paulo Quadri PhD candidate (UCSC Zavaleta‘s lab) Works in collaboration with Dr. Silva to assess the impacts of rising CO2 levels and climate change on alpine forests in Mexico and how topographic variation modulates these impacts.

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Undergraduate Assitants
Alexia Gee (SPUR student).
Aaron LeFore (Honors College student).
Braden Prillwitz (Honors College student).
Barbara Wortham. MS Co-supervised with Corinne Wong.
Laura Emberson. MS Co-supervised with William Horwath.
Jennifer Morris. MS Co-supervised with Will Horwath.
Daniela Jerszurki. PhD. Co-supervised with Jan Hopmans.
Josenilton de Farias. PhD Co-supervised with Beatriz Marimom.
Alveiro Salamanca-Jimenez. PhD Co-supervised with Will Horwath.


Dendro Team exploring eastern Oregon

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SPA “lab meeting” American river


Tree ring sampling in Tibet


Award-winning Wastewater Research crew


NSF Co-PI Corinne Wong sampling speleothems in Brazil