Travis E. Huxman

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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Office: (949) 824-2594
Cell: (949) 677-9929
Email: thuxman@uci.edu

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

Recent Posts

  • The Desert Center – Pre-renovation

    March 24, 2014

    Pretty soon the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center is going to be completely upgraded.  We’ve had a team working for the last year on the design and construction and we’ll have it open shortly to researchers and students.  Here are some pictures of the place before the big changes happen.  

Travis E. Huxman, Ph.D.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Director, Center for Environmental Biology

Director, 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 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., while also continuing some of our long-term research in the Sonoran Desert.

We study 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.

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!

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