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Sima Bouzid
Graduate Student

Sima joined the lab in the Fall of 2014. She comes from 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 is interested in integrating ecophysiology and genomics to study local adaptation, species range shifts, and changes in thermal physiology in response to climate change. She is co-advised by Adam Leaché.

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Lauren Buckley
Associate Professor

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.

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Anthony Cannistra
Graduate Student

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Tony is a 2015 graduate of Tufts University in Computer Science and Biology. 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’s currently participating in the UW IGERT in Big Data and Data Science and is co-advised by Magdalena Balazinska.

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Aji John
Research scientist


Aji is a research consultant on our computation and visualization project and will enter the graduate program in Fall 2017.  He has a background in software engineering and is transitioning to work on microclimate and organismal responses to environmental change. He was previously a researcher in the Ackerly Lab at UC Berkeley.

Undergraduate researchers

Bryan Briones Ortiz, Undergrad researcher, 2015-: Bryan has been assisting with grasshopper rearing experiments and conducting independent research.

Grace Burgin, Undergrad researcher, 2015-: Grace has been assisting with grasshopper rearing experiments.

Andrew Arakaki, Undergrad researcher, 2016-: Andrew has been assisting with grasshopper rearing experiments.


Buckley CV

Former Grads and Postdocs

Heidi MacLean, Ph.D. 2009-2015: 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.

Jessica Higgins, Ph.D. 2009-2015: Jessica was a member of Joel Kingsolver‘s lab at UNC, but worked closely with our lab on a collaborative project.  She investigated how adaptation influences the responses of larval butterflies to climate change.  She was also a postdoctoral fellow at UNC and is currently working in industry.

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.

Rory Telemeco, Postdoc 2015-2016: Rory conducted postdoctoral research as part of our NSF Macrosystems Biology project examining the consequences of local adaptation in thermal physiology and life history on lizard responses to climate change.  He directed a large field experiment examining plasticity in nesting.  He was also involved in grasshopper research. Rory received his Ph.D. in the Janzen Lab at Iowa State. He is currently a postoc in the Schwartz lab at Auburn University.

Liang MaVisiting graduate student 2015-2016: Liang completed his PhD student in the Du lab at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology in Beijing.  He visited our group and Ray Huey for a year to gain experience in ecological and evolutionary modelling.  He completed a project modelling the energetic consequences of oviparity and viviparity and explored the National Parks in the PNW and beyond.

Former Undergrads

Kyle Krieger, Undergrad researcher, 2016: Kyle assisted with grasshopper rearing, egg collection, and assessing feeding rates.

Jesse Ma, Undergrad researcher, 2015: Jesse assisted a grasshopper rearing experiment.

Teodora Rautu, Undergrad researcher, 2015: Teo assisted a grasshopper rearing experiment.

Adetimi Akinniyi, Undergrad researcher, 2015: Timi helped with grasshopper rearing and conducted independent research examining thermal acclimation.

Evan Kirk, Undergrad researcher, 2012-2013:  Evan coordinated rearing grasshoppers and contributed to analyzing grasshopper and butterfly images.

Parth Shah, Undergrad researcher, 2012-2013:  Parth assisted with rearing grasshoppers and analyzing grasshopper and butterfly images.

Ethan Miller, Undergrad researcher, 2012-2013:  Ethan helped with rearing grasshoppers and also assisted with data assembly for a project examining thermal stress and specialization across altitude and latitude.

Joseph Grigg, Undergrad researcher, 2010-2013: Joseph was a math major who assisted the lab with collecting and analyzing data on climate and butterfly traits. He later worked on two independent projects. He first conducted an independent project examining how environment and evolutionary history influence the thermal tolerances of lizards, which produced the lab’s first paper with an undergraduate as lead author.  He then developed a microclimate model.

Edward Shin, Undergrad researcher, 2011: Edward was a biology and applied math major who was using spectroreflectometry and image analysis to quantify butterfly wing traits. He also assisted with rearing grasshoppers.

Madison Foushee, Undergrad researcher 2010-2011: Madison was a biology major who conducted research on phenological shifts in response to climate change. His honors thesis received highest honors and was adapted into the lab’s most interdisciplinary paper to date, published in the International Journal of Biometerology. Madison is currently in medical school at UNC.

Stephanie Waaser, Undergrad researcher 2010: Stephanie was a biology major who conducted research on how physiology can predict species’ distribution shifts in response to climate change. A paper stemming from her research was published in Ecology. She’s currently working in her other area of interest- theatrical design.

Summer Research Assistants

UNC: Autumn Arciero, Kate Hankin, Brittany Papworth, Sam Shuford