Hotchkiss Lab

Community & Ecosystem Ecology - Paleoecology - Paleoclimatology

Our research group thinks about ecology on time scales longer than humans are usually able to observe directly. Frequently, we use the methods of paleoecology and paleoclimatology to explore temporal dynamics of climate, ecosystems, disturbance, and landscapes.


We study the effects of ecological legacies, we investigate the

interactions of human societies with the ecosystems we inhabit, and we consider the implications of site history for research design. We are integrating perspective on environmental history into ecology, evolution, and archeology, and we are investigating the response of ecosystems to climatic change, on various temporal and spatial scales.


Click on the links below for more information about current research in the Hotchkiss Lab.



Hotchkiss Lab in the News!


- Fall 2018: Dr. Walaa Award joins the Hotchkiss Lab!


- Summer 2018: Soo Hyun Kim makes a poster presentation in 2018 Joint Meeting of CANQUA-AMQUA!


- Summer 2018: Sara Hotchkiss, Kevin Barrett and Michael Peyton will present at Hawaii Ecosystems

      Meeting in Hilo, HI!


- Spring 2018: Kristin Michels successfully defends her doctoral dissertation May 10th!


- Spring 2018: Kevin Barrett receives a College of Letter & Science Teaching Fellow Award!


- Spring 2018: Katie Lushman's thesis work is highlighted in UW Science & Technology News!


- Spring 2018: Kevin Barrett begins his new fieldwork season in Hawaii!


- Fall 2017: Michael Peyton joins the Hotchkiss lab!


- Summer 2017: Soo Hyun Kim receives a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!


- Summer 2017: Kristin Michels publishes her manuscript, "A new application of change point analysis

      reveals extensive edge effects on a temperate mixed forest” in Applied Vegetation Science journal!


- Spring 2017: Kevin Barrett receives Palynological Society award!


- Spring 2017: Lisa Schomaker successfully defends master's thesis May 8th!


- Spring 2017: Katie Laushman successfully defends master's thesis April 14, and lands a job with

       USGS studying effects of climate manipulations on native plant communities (Flagstaff, AZ).


- Fall 2016: Tom Thein joins the Hotchkiss lab!


- Summer 2016: Lisa Schomaker and Kevin Barrett continue their field research in Hawaii!


- Summer 2016: Katie Laushman presents her jumping worm research at both NACCB and ESA