Climate Warming

I’ve had a career-long interest in thermal biology, and have recently become interested in the evolutionary and ecological effects of climate warming. My first paper was done in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Barcelona and the College of William and Mary. We took advantage of the fact that frequencies of many chromosomal inversions of Drosophila subobscura change with latitude and thus with climate temperature. We (Balanya et al., 2006) analyzed old and new samples of chromosomal inversions from many sites in Europe, North America, and South America (samples about 25 years apart, on average), and showed that frequencies of inversions that are typically common in warm climates have increased significantly. Thus global genetic change is tracking global warming.

Next I became involved with colleagues at the University of Washington and elsewhere on the impacts of climate warming on tropical ectotherms. Several conceptual projects are now published (see below), and I'm currently doing extensive field work on Puerto Rican Anolis lizards in collaboration with colleagues at Barnard College, University of Puerto Rico, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The project's website is

Other current projects on climate warming and ectotherms (lizards, tortoises) are being done with colleagues from the University of California Santa Cruz, Ohio University, University of Wyoming, Monash University, and the University of Melbourne.

Huey Papers on Climate Warming

2012. 2012. Predicting organismal vulnerability to climate warming: roles of behaviour, physiology and adaptation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367_1665-1679. (First author, with M. R. Kearney, A. Krockenberger, J. A. M. Holtum, M. Jess, and S. E. Williams).
2011. Ocean deoxygenation: past, present, and future. EOS 92:409-420 (Seventh author, with P. G. Falkowski, T. Algeo, L. Codispoti, C. A. Deutsch, Emerson, B. Hales, R. Huey, W. Jenkins, L. R. Kump, L. Levin, T. Lyons, N. Nelson, O. Schofield, R. Summons, L. Talley, E. Thomas, F. Whitney, and C. Pilcher).
2010. Global metabolic impacts of recent climate warming. Nature 467:704-706. (third author, with M. E. Dillon and G. Wang).
2010. Are lizards toast? Science 328: 832-833. (first author, with J. B. Losos and C. Moritz).
2009. The chromosomal polymorphism of Drosophila subobscura: a microevolutionary weapon to monitor global change. Heredity 103:364-367 (Second author, with J. Balanya, G. W. Gilchrist, L. Serra).
2009. Why tropical forest lizards are vulnerable to climate warming. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 276:1939-1948. First author, with J. J. Tewksbury, C. A. Deutsch, L. J. Vitt, P. E. Hertz, and H. J. Alvarez Perez.
2009. Commentary: Can behavior douse the fire of climate warming? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. First author, with J.J. Tewksbury
2008. Impacts of climate warming on terrestrial ectotherms across latitude. Third author, with C. A. Deutsch, J. J. Tewksbury, K. S. Sheldon, C. K. Ghalambor, D. C. Haak, and P. R. Martin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 105:6668-6672.
2008. Potential responses to climate change for organisms with complex life histories: evolution and plasticity in Pacific salmon. Evolutionary Applications 1:252-270. (Eighth author, with L. G. Crozier, A.P. Hendry, P.W. Lawson, T.P. Quinn, N.J. Mantua, J. Battin, and R.G. Shaw).
2008. Putting the heat on tropical animals. Science 320:1296-1297. (Second author, with J.J. Tewksbury and C.A. Deutsch).
2008.Commentary: climate warming and environmental sex determination in tuatara: the Last of the Sphenodontians. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 275:2181-2183. (First author, with F. J. Janzen).
2007. Response to Comment on "Global Genetic Change Tracks Global Climate Warming in Drosophila subobscura". Science 315:1497b. (third author with J. Balanyá, J. M. Oller, G. W. Gilchrist, and L. Serra.)
2006. Global genetic change tracks global climate warming in Drosophila subobscura. Science 313:1773-1775. (third author with J. Balanya, J. M. Oller, G. W. Gilchrist, and L. Serra.)

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