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

  • 12 September 2016 -

    It’s fall term! And a big welcome to Cat Chamberlain and Dan Buonaiuto, who joined the lab as PhD students. Check out more about both of them here.

  • 23 August 2016 -

    It’s almost fall term! And the lab is busy with planting the common garden, measuring Brix in California, and waiting for grapes to burst bud in the greenhouse.

  • 18 July 2016 -

    Last week, the lab threw a BBQ for our very dedicated Tree Spotters. Our volunteers have been diligently recording their observations for the past year, check out some of the data collected and photos taken here!

  • 17 July 2016 -

    Lizzie finally had time to update the website. Check out updates on the data, people, pubs and resources pages!

  • 3 July 2016 -

    We’re looking for a collaborative, creative researcher to join the lab for a one-year postdoc! More details here, and please send in applications soon as we’ll review all applications as we receive them.

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