Breadth and Depth of Expertise
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences brings together the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences in pursuit of a better understanding of the world. Our faculty and scholars examine issues central to the human experience through historical, philosophical and creative lenses. They help improve how individuals and societies live through a more nuanced understanding of how we behave and interact. And they question the physical universe and test laws, principles and practices to create new knowledge.
Our college also embraces interdisciplinary research, and our six research clusters integrate perspectives and expertise from several disciplines to address complex problems and innovate creative solutions.
Exploring environmental and geopolitical risks, stressors and responses, including climate migration and adaption, preservation and livable communities.
Exploring computation and complex systems, and integrated systems analysis and modeling.
Identifying the impacts, characterizing the adaptions, communicating about, and designing solutions to manage and cope with environmental extremes.
Investigating social determinants of health, education, social movements, cultural systems, environment, and workplace — all with a lens of social justice.
Studying the causes and processes of human movement across borders, the impacts of migration, and the ethical and socio-political dimensions of migration.
Focusing on the learning and teaching of undergraduate STEM, including learning pathways and progressions and the effects of pedagogical and curricular approaches.
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TAG, WE'RE IT
BRINGING TOGETHER DIVERSE VOICES
In this series, five faculty researchers share their unique perspectives on an important issue of our time. Topics range from climate change to immigration.
@ THIS MOMENT
Timely, Relevant Research
This series, born out of COVID-19, provides space for our researchers to share the relevance of their work "at this moment."
Centers and Institutes
CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND AEROSOL RESEARCH
We conduct research that is relevant both nationally and regionally on the reciprocal effects between atmospheric aerosol particles and global/regional climate.
CENTER FOR GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION IN OREGON
We're dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of geographic education, increasing emphasis on geography in grades pre-K through 12 and improving geographic teaching methods and materials.
CENTER FOR JAPANESE STUDIES
We work to facilitate understanding of Japan as well as the Japanese-American experience among students, faculty and the greater Portland community through a variety of curricular and outreach programs.
CENTER FOR LAKES AND RESERVOIRS
Established by the Oregon Legislature, we develop management plans and conduct research on limnological and invasive species biology in freshwater and marine systems.
CENTER FOR LIFE IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
Our research advances our understanding of the boundaries of life and provides insight into future climate conditions and human survival in planetary extremes.
CENTER FOR SPATIAL ANALYSIS RESEARCH
We serve researchers and organizations in the greater Portland area for projects involving four broad areas of expertise: cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and education.
The second largest herbarium in Oregon and a regional resource focused on the changing flora of the rapidly urbanizing Portland-Vancouver metro area, we are home to about 29,000 specimens of vascular plants, mosses and lichens.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Our museum is both a teaching lab and a collection of vertebrate and invertebrate specimens, including more than 3,500 mammal specimens, 1,400 bird specimens and 3,300 amphibian and reptile specimens.
PORTLAND INSTITUTE FOR COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH
Founded on the belief that mathematical computing has and will continue to expand scientific horizons, we're dedicated to fostering research in computational sciences in and around the Portland metro region.
RAE SELLING BERRY SEED BANK
Our seed bank, believed to be the first in the U.S. dedicated to rare and endangered species, holds more than 23,000 accessions representing over 350 of our region's rarest and most vulnerable plants.