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Lucas Silva awarded UO Outstanding Early Career Award

Dr. Lucas Silva has received the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Early Career Award. The award is the highest research award at the UO for early career scientists.

Dr. Silva’s research investigated how forest composition affects water supply, and the ecological changes in forests caused by climate change. Using a combination of historical and primary data from the Sierra Nevadas, his team’s findings suggest a 10-60 percent increase in regional water loss as changing climates are forcing tree species to migrate to different elevations.

The study is particularly insightful given the importance of these forest watersheds in providing water for approximately 20 million people in California.

Congratulations Dr. Silva and team for the great work!