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.

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

Current members

Lauren Buckley, Associate 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.

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. Tony is conducting research aimed at improving the ability of species’ traits to predict distributions and distribution shifts.

Murilo Marochi, Visiting postdoc

Murilo is visiting from the São Paulo State University in Brazil to work on developing ecophysiological models of crab responses to climate change. We’re excited to learn about crabs.

Undergraduate researchers

We don’t currently have any undergrads working in the lab due to Lauren haven been on leave and a corresponding break from insect rearing experiments, but we’re hoping to recruit students with computational backgrounds (e.g., computer science or engineering) to help develop our computational and visualization projects.


Former Grads and Postdocs


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 is integrating ecophysiology and genomics to study local adaptation of Sceloporus lizards along an elevation gradient in Yosemite National Park. The research aims to provide insight into the evolutionary basis of climate change responses. She is co-advised by Adam Leaché.

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.

Ofir Levy, Postdoc and research scientist 2013-2018: Ofir was based in Mike Angilletta’s lab at ASU while serving as a postdoc on a joint NSF Macrosystems Biology project examining the consequences of local adaptation in thermal physiology and life history on lizard responses to climate change. He subsequently worked building computational and visualization tools as part of our TrEnCh project. He’s currently a Senior Lecturer (aka Assistant Professor) at Tel Aviv University.



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. After leaving the lab, he was a postoc in the Schwartz lab at Auburn University before starting an assistant professorship at Cal State Fresno.


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 staff

Bryan Briones Ortiz, researcher, 2018-2019: Following undergraduate research and some marine science work, Bryan returned to the lab to help manage the lab and work on our TrEnCh project. We’re excited to continue to interact with him as he starts the UW SAFs graduate program.



Aji John, Research consultant and graduate student, 2016-2019: Aji came to UW via the Ackerly Lab at UC Berkeley.  He started work as a research consultant on our computation and visualization project in January 2016 and transitioned to become a graduate student in the department in September 2017.  He’s applying his background in software development  to work on microclimate and organismal responses to environmental change. He led many TrEnCh project initiatives and is developing sensors to study microclimate variation in Mount Rainier National Park.

Former Undergrads

Andrew Arakaki, Undergrad researcher, 2016-2017: Andrew assisted with grasshopper rearing and physiological experiments. He also undertook the heroic task of updating a massive database on insect developmental traits. His persistence in finding articles in obscure journals was remarkable and he remained upbeat throughout.  He used the database for independent research on local adaptation of insect development.


Bryan Briones Ortiz, Undergrad researcher, 2015-2017: Bryan assisted with grasshopper rearing and physiological experiments. He also conducted independent research analyzing the thermal dependence of grasshopper performance.



Grace Burgin, Undergrad researcher, 2015-2017: Grace assisted with grasshopper rearing and physiological experiments. She could always be counted on to arrive in lab enthusiastic no matter how many rearing enclosures needed changing.




Damir Zhaksilikov, Undergrad researcher, 2016-2017: Damir was a computer science major who contributed to developing computational and visualization as part of the TrEnCh project.

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