Travis E. Huxman

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Contact Information

Office: (949) 824-2594
Cell: (949) 677-9929

University of California, Irvine
449 Steinhaus Hall
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697

Recent Posts

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research

    April 22, 2016

    Congratulations to our two wonderful undergraduate researchers, Michelle Lin and Melanie Kao, who presented their research this week in the annual competition for students in the Ayala School.  They did wonderfully well – in part because they were mentored by a fantastic graduate student, Daniel Winkler in their projects.  Michelle worked on a project looking … [ Read More ]

Travis E. Huxman, Ph.D.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Director, Center for Environmental Biology

Director, UCI Sustainability Initiative

Faculty Advisor, Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

Fancisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

PH.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.S. California State University San Bernardino; B.S. California State University San Bernardino

Research Interests: Physiological Plant Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Ecohydrology, Restoration, Conservation, Global Change

The Huxman Lab studies the ecology and evolution of plant functional traits, mostly using physiological approaches.  Our research often focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on hydro-bio-geo-chemical processes or mechanisms supporting the conservation / restoration of important ecosystems.  We study physiological or plant-mediated processes from the spatial scale of cells to that of whole landscapes. Recently we have focused on understanding climate-ecosystem interactions and their dynamics influence the coupling of carbon and water cycles.

The Huxman lab moved in the summer of 2012 to the University of California, Irvine, from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  We are initiating a number of research projects associated with plant and ecosystem dynamics in a range of settings throughout the southwestern U.S. (see Center for Environmental Biology), while also continuing some of our long-term research in the Sonoran Desert (see Tumamoc Hill and the Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory).

We are actively recruiting students interested in joining the group.  Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact me by email and to visit the graduate admissions site by clicking here!

Check out our fantastic Center for Environmental Biology Interns!