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. 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.

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.

Yutaro Sakairi, Research scientist

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

Undergraduate researchers

Isaac Caruso 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 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.