LSU Researchers Design Tool to Explore Effects of Solar Farming on Louisiana Ecosystems

Assistant Professor Fabiana with researchers by Landscape Architecture office

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture assistant professor Fabiana Trindade da Silva is collaborating with researchers LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Chris Kees and LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Professor Brett Wolfe to study the effects of solar farming in Louisiana.

“I am enthusiastic about our collaborative efforts. At the heart of our interdisciplinary approach lies the pursuit of a sustainable future, integrating design principles to support biodiversity, resilience, and community well-being,” said Trindade da Silva. “By fostering a coexistence that prioritizes aesthetics and ecological balance, we aim to create resilient solar farms that contribute positively to Louisiana’s natural heritage and community prosperity. I feel privileged to contribute to a holistic approach that embraces interdisciplinarity, community values, and thoughtful design, paving the way for a more sustainable and resilient future in Louisiana.”

Trindade da Silva specializes in urban and environmental sciences as an interdisciplinary field. Her mission is to create sustainable, resilient, and livable urban spaces. In 2022, she joined LSU Coastal Ecosystem Studio (CEDS) as a postdoctoral researcher, and in 2023 started to collaborate as a professor at the same studio. At CEDS, she is currently involved in the DEEDS (Developing Engineering Practices for Ecosystem Design Solutions) project funded by the US Army Corp of Engineers. Her research centers around implementing collaborative ecosystem design techniques and evaluating the performance of natural and nature-based features in delivering social benefits.

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