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Research in Tibet by new GEOG/ ENVS faculty Dr. Lucas Silva featured in the Oregon Quarterly

Word of mouth from nomadic herders led Lucas Silva into Tibetan forests and grasslands. What his team found was startling: Rapid forest growth in tune with what scientists had been expecting — but not yet seeing — from climatic changes triggered by rising levels of carbon dioxide.

Actual scientific findings to date have turned up declining growths in many forests in the face of a warming climate. Such had also been the case for Silva, who joined the UO’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Geography in August.

Read the rest of the story here! And please welcome Dr Silva!