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.

Follow our work in realtime on GitHub: HuckleyLab, trenchproject.

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

We’re turning our TrEnCh project thermal cameras on the #seattleprotests. Climate change will disproportionately impact people of color. There is no #climatejustice without racial justice. #blacklivesmatter. This… https://www.instagram.com/p/CBHBoUOD7Zr/?igshid=1hd7xgfc2rlpz

https://instagram.com/trenchproject/ presents images exploring the thermal complexity of life. Much to explore beyond air temperature. Please check them out, follow us, and contribute images. #naturalhistory

Our TrEnCh-ed website https://trench-ed.github.io including interactive R Shiny apps and associated tutorials allows students and others to explore the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change through interacting with data. Text by
@gruntleme. #climatechangeeducation

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There are a few spots left for HS teachers interested in incorporating current research in climate biology in their classes. Great for WA state teachers who want to work with UW educators! Workshop in less than 2 weeks! More here: https://tinyurl.com/yxgl25gk @WAClimeTime @WstaSci

Check out the lineup for the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute on Climate Extremes and Climate and Environmental Equity Sep. 14-18. Registration deadline is Sep. 1.

Are you teaching HS science with bio and climate and want to have an online resource that uses data and is aligned with NGSS? Join @uwpcc and @ecolforecaster in Sept for this free interactive teacher workshop! https://pcc.uw.edu/education/k-12-educator-resources/teacher-workshops/
@MASchoolsK12 @birdgirl31 @NCSE @ClimateLit https://twitter.com/CliEdMiriam/status/1290398680126640128

Miriam "Miles to Go" Bertram@CliEdMiriam

HS Teachers join @uwpcc for an interactive online workshop (week of 9/21/2020) on climate change biology using online data visualizations in TreEnCh-ed (https://trench-ed.github.io/) for teaching NGSS cross-cutting ideas and standards.

@OfficialNGSS @WstaSci @mineralgal

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