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Research Question

What biology determines an organism's response to environmental change?

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Research Topics

Ecological 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 the species’ responses to recent climate changes. (Photo: Don Van Horn)

Mechanistic models of species' ranges in changing environments

One focus is developing mechanistic models of species distributions that scale from individual foraging energetics to population and community dynamics.

Physiological, energetic, and ecological constraints on abundance, distribution, and diversity

Another area of research examines how the evolution of physiological traits constrains broad-scale patterns of abundance, diversity, and species turnover.

Outreach and Education

We teach courses on physiological and global change evology and participate in a variety of outreach activities aimed at disseminating information about the ecological impacts of climate change.


CAREER grant for translating climate change into ecological impacts; Welcome to Postdoc Rory Telemeco

Lauren was awarded 5 years of NSF CAREER funding from the Advances in Biological Informatics panel  to develop computational and visualization tools for translating climate change into ecological impacts.  We’ll […]

Endless discussions of integrating across biological and environmental scales

Lauren just wrapped up a string of meetings and workshops on integrating across biological and spatial scales in the context of a changing environment.  Thanks to the organizers of HETEROCLIM, […]


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