Category Archives: Uncategorized

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 be developing an interactive web application that will enable visualizing thermal stress on ectotherms and its consequences.  Stayed tuned for opportunities for a postdoc/programmer and […]

Read More

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, the Macrosystems PI Meeting, and the Gordon Conference of Unifying Ecology and Scales for great meetings.

Read More

New maps show expected global species shifts due to climate change

A new Nature paper from the NCEAS Marine Cliamte Impacts Working group (including Lauren) provides a global map of where species are likely to succeed or fail in keeping up with a changing climate.

Read More

Eco and evo physiology at SICB meeting

Sorry to miss SICB this year, but reports are that collaborators gave great presentations: Joel Kingsolver on evolutionary adaptation in butterflies, Heidi MacLean on thermal stress and heat tolerance in butterflies, and Ofir Levy on bringing regional climate data to the organismal level.

Read More

Modern caterpillars feed at higher temperatures in response to climate change

A study led by graduate student Jessica Higgins (UNC) found that caterpillars of two species of butterflies in Colorado and California have evolved to feed rapidly at higher temperatures and at a broader range of temperatures over the past 40 years, suggesting that they are evolving quickly to cope with a hotter, more variable climate. More […]

Read More

New study on biological responses to climate change in marine systems

Oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, yet our knowledge of the impact of climate change on marine habitats is a mere drop in the proverbial ocean compared to terrestrial systems. The journal Nature Climate Change published the new findings of a three-year study conducted by a NCEAS working group which shows that warming oceans are […]

Read More

Tons of cool historic resurvey work at ESA

It was great to see so many sessions about using historical data to understand biological responses to climate change.  Lauren enjoyed participating in a symposium on Rapid Climate Change and Species Range Shifts: Observations, Predictions, and Management and an IGNITE session on Constraints in Ecology at ESA.  Thanks to the organizers for including our group in such great sessions.

Read More

Biological impacts of tropical warming on ectotherms

Lauren had a great time revisiting Anolis research and the Caribbean at a stimulating symposium in Puerto Rico.

Read More

Chasing grasshoppers and butterflies in the Rockies

Just back from an abbreviated field season in Boulder and Gothic, Colorado. Highlights included rigging our most instrumented weather station to date and wild flower-laden commutes over the Maroon passes to help collect butterflies at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab.

Read More

It’s fun to work at the Frontiers of Science

Lauren recently returned from a Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium at the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine. It was a fun challenge to talk about the impacts of climate change on biodiversity with an interdisciplinary and international audience and to learn about research as broad as renewable energy, cosmic explosions, and invisibility.

Read More