Hurlbert Lab

Macroecology and Biodiversity

"Ecological patterns, about which we construct theories, are only interesting if they are repeated. They may be repeated in space or in time, and they may be repeated from species to species. A pattern which has all of these kinds of repetition is of special interest because of its generality..."

--Robert MacArthur, 1968

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Allen Hurlbert, Principal Investigator

Allen Hurlbert
  • Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NCEAS (2005 - 2008)
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico (2005)
  • B.A., Amherst College (1994)

Allen is careful around rhinos and tries to keep lab members in line.

Grace Di Cecco, PhD Student

Grace Di Cecco
  • B.S., Northeastern University (2017)

Grace is interested in the global impacts of climate and land use change on species distributions and community structure.

Indigo Edwards, PhD Student

Indigo Edwards
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Asheville (2020)

Indigo is interested in the effects of urbanization and other anthropogenic change on arthropod communities, and he is comfortable with having insects close to his face.

Casey Youngflesh, Postdoc

Casey Youngflesh
  • B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz (2007)
  • M.S., University of New SouthWales (2011)
  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University (2018)

Casey is a postdoc with Morgan Tingley at UCLA but is currently located here in North Carolina and collaborates with us on the Phenomismatch project.

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Lab Alumni


  • Jamie-Lee Beckford
  • Lily Liang
  • Berling Joseph
  • Qiaowei Pan
  • Spencer Scheidt
  • Mary Wurzelmann
  • Michael Auriemma
  • Tracie Hayes
  • Tara McKinnon
  • Lauren Whitenack
  • Britney Brinson


Graduate Students

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