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.

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

Hello world. We aim to develop tools for estimating, understanding, and visualizing the ecological impacts of climate change through our TrEnCh (Translating Environmental Change) project. Our mission: forecasting biological vulnerability to given (e.g., 2°C) temperature change.

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Grew up on a little island across the bay from the #NewportFolkFestival so frequently attended by sailboat or kayak. Listening to #JohnPrine and Friends' 2017 set brings me home to the rocky coast and salt spray. So appreciative. https://www.npr.org/2017/08/04/540064858/john-prine-and-friends-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2017?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

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