Temporal Ecology Lab

Wolkovich group at Arnold Arboretum



Welcome to the Temporal Ecology Lab. We’re focused on understanding how global changes alter the temporal assembly and disassembly of communities. Much of the research in the lab centers on understanding recent shifts in `biological spring,' advances in the timing of plants’ leafout and flowering that have occurred in many regions of the globe with climate change.

We’re primarily field ecologists who use whatever approach best fits the question at hand. As such most of us split our time between collecting and analyzing field data, working on meta-analyses of contemporary and historical data or setting up experiments in and out of doors.


Current projects in the lab use tree cores, growth-chamber studies, winegrape harvest data and more to understand the temporal dimension of populations, communities and ecosystems. We’re geographically based at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University in Boston. Academically we’re based in the department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology. If you’re in the area, come visit!

    News & Events

  • 5 September 2017 - Summer rushed by and now fall term is here, new Bayesian stats course to teach and many new experiments to run. The lab is excited to welcome Isabelle Chuine for her sabbatical!
  • 1 July 2017 - Happy July! The common garden is doing amazing, Lizzie and Nacho are back from INRA and veraison is starting out west. It’s a busy summer! Updates to come.
  • 26 May 2017 - We planted the common garden May 17th! Keep an eye out for a blog update. Also, Lizzie got to see Ailene in DC. Update on that coming too…
  • 27 February 2017 - The Arboretum has new summer fellowships for undergraduates! Applications are due in two weeks. More info at: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/research/fellowships/darin-butz/
  • 22 December 2016 - Term is over! And so is AGU, the grape experiment and almost another year. Happy holidays, and best wishes for 2017!

Updates from the blog

Temporal Ecology Lab blog
one lab two worlds:

In Boston
Arnold Arboretum
1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
In Cambridge 
Harvard University Herbaria
22 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
ph: 617.384.5495