Temporal Ecology Lab

Wolkovich group at the University of British Columbia



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 meta-analyses, growth-chamber studies, winegrape harvest data and more to understand the temporal dimension of populations, communities and ecosystems. We’re based in the department of Forest Sciences and Conservation at the University of British Columbia. If you’re in the area, come visit!

News & Events

  • 11 October 2019 - Welcome Mira Garner and Geoff Legault to the lab! Both will be working on winegrapes and climate change and we’re thrilled to have them join us.
  • 28 January 2019 - We’re less than one month into a new term and almost halfway through Statistical Rethinking!
  • 11 July 2018 - Lizzie gave an interview for a NatGeo piece and is now on the record saying “It’s unfortunate that we don’t have a cycling race in the summer where the Iditarod is held.”
  • 7 February 2018 - The lab has moved! Lizzie joined the Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences at UBC as of 1 January. She is looking forward to seeing Ailene, Cat, Dan and Nacho, who will visit in March.

Updates from the blog

Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4