We strive to provide an equitable, inclusive, and inspiring research environment. We welcome members irrespective of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status and appreciate diverse perspectives. We are committed to supporting black and other minoritized students in our lab and in STEM. See the how_we_work repository on our lab GitHub account to learn more about our lab workflow and policies.

The Huckley Lab (with Ray Huey) and friends, Fall 2016

Current members

Lauren Buckley, Professor

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Lauren joined the UW Biology Department in July 2013. She previously majored in Biology and Math as an undergrad at Williams College, conducted graduate research at Stanford, held postdoctoral fellowships at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Santa Fe Institute, and was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina.  Some days it feels like we’re making progress in improving forecasts of ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change; other days it feels like a foolhardy enterprise. Most days are fun. Lauren enjoys tromping around the mountains of Colorado chasing butterflies and grasshoppers during resurvey projects examining responses to recent climate change. Checking out the sites in winter on skis is her favorite. She also enjoys checking out Pacific NW mountains in anticipation of starting some local projects.

 Chris Johnson, Postdoc

Chris received a PhD from UCLA working on how temperature and resources influence insect population dynamics in the Amarasekare. He conducted further work combining theory with field and laboratory experiments to study how climate and species interactions affect ecological and evolutionary dynamics in the Bronstein lab at U Arizona and the Levine lab at ETH Zurich and Princeton. In our group, he’s returning to research exploring the evolution of insect thermal sensitivity.

Julia Smith, Rotating graduate student

Julia pursued quantitative biology as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and worked on modeling bower bird behavior. She is currently investigating research directions integrating quantitative and empirical biology and relevant to conservation.

Abigail Meyer, Research scientist

Abby works at the intersection of computer science and environmental research. She is passionate about climate change, ecology, and education.

Yutaro Sakairi, Research scientist

Yutaro is a recent UW grad working on computational and visualization tools for the TrEnCh project.

Isaac Caruso, Undergraduate researcher 

Isaac is an Amherst College undergraduate applying his co-training in computer science and biology to our TrEnCh project. He’s launching a senior thesis focused on using physiology to improve species distribution models.

Former members

Graduate students

Sima Bouzid, Ph.D. 2014-2019: Sima received her PhD in June 2019 for her dissertation entitled “Diversification and Local Adaptation in Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis)”. She conducted undergraduate research at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, where she was introduced to herpetology and trained in museum collection management. For her dissertation work, Sima integrated ecophysiology and genomics to study local adaptation of Sceloporus lizards along an elevation gradient in Yosemite National Park. The research aimed to provide insight into the evolutionary basis of climate change responses. She was co-advised by Adam Leaché. Sima is currently a data scientist at Invitae.

Anthony Cannistra, Ph.D. 2020, Tony was co-trained in Computer Science and Biology at Tufts University. Before starting graduate school at UW, he was a naturalist at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in Aspen, Colorado. He’s interested in advancing the world by leading innovative computational approaches to hard problems.  He participated in the UW IGERT in Big Data and Data Science. Tony conducted research aimed at improving the ability of species’ traits to predict distributions and distribution shifts, leveraging novel sources of environmental data, and predicting the ecological impacts of marine heatwaves. Tony is currently a data scientist at Gaia GPS.

Liang Ma, Visiting Ph.D. student 2015-2016: Liang visited our research group during his Ph.D. with Wei-guo Du at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Liang’s research focused on understanding the relationship between thermal variation over space and time and the physiology and life history of ectotherms. He parameterized mechanistic models with reaction norms derived from empirical studies to generate new insights about the process of thermal adaptation at both local and global scales. Liang is currently a postdoc at Princeton.

Heidi MacLean, Ph.D. 2015: Heidi worked on thermal biology and examined how insects, butterflies in particular, are evolving and acclimating in response to climate change. Heidi was the lab’s first member at UNC and continues to be involved in the lab, but Joel Kingsolver at UNC served as her primary advisor once Lauren moved to UW. Heidi is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Bioscience at Aarhus University working with Johannes Overgaard, Jesper Sørensen, and Torsten Kristensen.


Dolly Crawford, Postdoc 2009-2010:  Dolly worked with the lab on using biophysical models to hindcast changes in Neotoma distributions and body size over the last 40,000 years. Dolly subsequently was a postdoctoral associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.  She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Toxicology at Ashland University.

Heather Kharouba, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2016: Heather is interested in the causes and consequences of ecological responses to global change. She was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow associated with the lab working on the relationship between phenological and distribution shifts.  Previously, she was a Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis where she worked with Rick Karban and Louie Yang. She completed my PhD in the Department of Zoology and Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Mark Vellend. She joined the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa as an Assistant Professor in September 2016.

Murilo Marochi, Visiting postdoc 2019: Murilo visited from the São Paulo State University in Brazil to work on developing ecophysiological models of crab responses to climate change.

Rory Telemeco, 2014-2016: Rory worked on the potential for lizard behavioral plasticity to buffer sensitivity to climate change.  Rory is currently an assistant professor at California State University Fresno

Research scientists and undergraduate researchers

  • Yutaro Sakairi 2019-
  • Aji John, 2017-2019
  • Andrew Arakaki 2016-2017
  • Bryan Briones Ortiz 2015-2017
  • Grace Burgin 2015-2017
  • Damir Zhaksilikov 2016-2017
  • Kyle Kreiger 2016
  • Jesse Ma 2015
  • Teodora Rautu 2015
  • Adetimi Akinniya 2015
  • Evan Kirk 2013-2013
  • Parth Shah 2012-2013
  • Ethan Miller 2012-2013
  • Joseph Grigg 2010-2013
  • Edward Shin 2011
  • Madison Foushee 2010-2011 (honors thesis)
  • Stephanie Waaser 2010