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My research focuses on evolutionary issues involving the physiology, behavior, and ecology of ectotherms. I am especially interested in exploring patterns of physiological evolution over different time scales. My current research studies vulnerability of ectotherms to climate warming. Our analyses suggest that tropical ectotherms are especially vulnerable to climate warming, even though the rates of tropical warming are slower than in northern temperate and Arctic areas.
I also analyze data on Himalayan mountaineers. I'm applying the analytical tools of evolutionary biology to study patterns of success and of death on the great peaks. I'm currently working on a book about mountaineering on Mt. Everest.
I recently developed an interest in baby names, specifically in exploring geographic patterns of the relative frequency of girls with calendar names (month or season names). This study fits within a general theoretical framework emphasizing the sensitivity of human culture to the environment.
Raymond B. Huey (A.B. Honors in Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, 1966; M.A. Zoology, University of Texas, Austin; Ph.D.Biology, Harvard, 1975).
At the University of Washington since 1977, promoted to Professor in 1984, retired in 2014. Honors include Miller Research Fellow, Past-President American Society of Naturalists, J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, Member American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Member Washington State Academy of Science. Chair of Biology (2008-2011)