Thank you for your interest in learning more about our research group in these pages. Our TrEnCh (Translating Environmental Change) Project is a branch of the group focused on building computational and visualization tools to understand how organisms experience climate change. We practice open science, so you can track our progress in our research group and TrEnCh Project GitHub organizations.  You can find lab policies and resources here.

Research Question

How does biology (morphology, physiology, and life history) determine an organism’s ecological and evolutionary response to environmental change?


  • Ecological and evolutionary forecasting and hindcasting: We are using historic data on species’ traits from museum specimens and performance from lab and field studies to assess phenotypic shifts and their influence on species’ responses to recent climate change.
  • Mechanistic models of species’ ranges in changing environments: We develop mechanistic models that scale from individual performance and energetics to population and community dynamics and predict abundance and distribution patterns.
  • Physiological, energetic, and ecological constraints on abundance, distribution, and diversity: Ecoinformatics enables us to ask how the evolution of physiological traits constrains broad-scale patterns of abundance, distribution, and diversity.
  • Outreach and Education: We develop computational tools to translate physical climate changes into impacts on organisms. The tools enable assessing the ecological consequences of given warming. We also teach courses on physiological and global change ecology and evolution and participate in outreach activities aimed at disseminating information about the ecological impacts of climate change.

Study systems: Colias butterflies around Gothic, CO and grasshopper communities around Boulder, CO.

A reminder to all of you out there that use data to ask questions about our environment and how we interact with it: Applications for the Environmental Data Science Summit are due October 1! Join us in Santa Barbara to discuss Harnessing Diversity in EDS. https://eds-summit.github.io/ https://twitter.com/nceas/status/1396874670457057284


Save the date! NCEAS first annual Environmental Data Science Summit February 8-9, 2022. This year's theme is Harnessing Diversity in EDS. If you use data to ask questions about our environment and how we interact with it, this summit is for you! https://eds-summit.github.io/

*ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR #MEB2022 HAS OPENED*. Happy to welcome all #microclimate enthusiasts in Antwerp from 28th to 31st of March for the first international Microclimate Ecology and Biogeography conference

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