Dr. Hilary Hayford
I study the physiological ecology of marine organisms living in dynamic nearshore systems. My research addresses how behavior and physiology, for example thermoregulation, can moderate invertebrate experience of environmental stress and how that affects climate change risk. A deep appreciation for natural history—a tool that promotes creativity and builds biological intuition—is a core component of my research and teaching. I have cultivated this appreciation through thousands of days of field work along the rocky shores of the North American West Coast. I try to provide students with their own opportunities to explore their setting and learn through both careful observation and bold experimentation. I earned my BSc at the University of California, Santa Cruz and PhD at the University of Washington. I have also taught Foundations of Ecology, Marine Ecological Processes, Biological Impacts of Climate Change, and Marine Ecology Research at the University of Washington.