Welcome to the Funk Lab

We strive to understand the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity using population genomics, experimental manipulations, and field studies. Our goal is to not only test basic evolutionary and ecological theory, but also directly inform policy and management decisions that will ultimately determine the fate of biodiversity.



Visitors to Funk Lab


Alisha Shah awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology!!!

Alisha will likely be doing some of this during her postdoc in Missoula.

Alisha Shah has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology to work with Dr. Art Woods at the University of Montana, Missoula, on a project that investigates how microclimates on aspen trees affect the growth, survival, and thermal […]

Congratulations to Maybellene Gamboa for receiving the Vice President for Research Fellowship!

The VPR fellowship is awarded to graduate students that conduct novel, interdisciplinary research at CSU and that exhibit an ability to communicate their work to a broad audience. Hundreds of CSU graduate students present their research at the annual CSU Graduate Student Showcase, and 40 presenters are selected to compete for a VPR Fellowship […]

Alisha wins the Ray Huey Award for Best Student Presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting!!!

Alisha presented her DDIG work that addresses why mayfly species ranges are more restricted than we would predict based on thermal breadth alone. Alisha and her colleagues hypothesized that temperature acts synergistically with species interactions, such as predation, to restrict mayfly range expansion. They predicted that as mayflies move to warmer or cooler streams, […]

Eva Bacmeister wins 1st place for talk at Front Range Student Ecology Symposium!

Congratulations to undergrad Eva Bacmeister for winning 1st place for her talk at the 2017 Front Range Student Ecology Symposium held at CSU! Eva’s talk was based on her independent study of how temperature variability shapes the evolution of swimming performance (an important thermal tolerance trait) in temperate and tropical aquatic insects. Her work […]

Alisha Shah awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!!!

For her PhD work, Alisha has explored the effect of temperature in setting the range limits of temperate and tropical aquatic insects. So far, she has found that temperate insects that experience wide seasonal fluctuations in temperature typically have broader thermal breadths and can remain active over a wider range of temperatures. On the […]

Sarah Fitzpatrick wins 2017 ASN Young Investigator Award!!!

A huge congratulations to Dr. Sarah Fitzpatrick for being awarded the prestigious Young Investigator’s Award from the American Society of Naturalists!!! See the official announcement here and the CSU SOURCE story here.

Future Earth and the Global Biodiversity Center land grant for sustainability science

  Congratulations to Josh Tewksbury, director of the Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth, and W. Chris Funk, director of the Global Biodiversity Center at Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, for receiving a $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund sustainability science projects. See the […]

Funk lab undergrad–Jill Gerberich–awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Jill Gerberich with leatherback sea turtle in Trinidad.

Congratulations to Jill Gerberich for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!!! This is a very prestigious fellowship awarded to promising students to pursue a PhD. Jill has been an undergraduate researcher in the Funk lab for four years helping former PhD student Sarah Fitzpatrick […]

Mónica Páez-Vacas awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!!!

Mónica in her native habitat, the Ecuadorian Andes.

Congratulations to Mónica Páez-Vacas for being awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) to add genomics to her dissertation research. Mónica’s research has uncovered phenotypic divergence in size, calls, color, and thermal tolerance in the poison frog Epipedobates anthonyi across replicate elevational gradients in […]

Alisha Shah won the College of Natural Sciences Top Scholars Award for ‘Best Poster in Ecology’ at the Graduate Student Showcase on November 11th 2015!

Alisha explaining her results to an onlooker

Alisha presented her finding that tropical mayflies in the Andes have narrow thermal optima, which closely match the range of temperatures they experience in their native streams. But their temperate counterparts in the Rocky Mountains have much broader thermal optima, which appear to match the wider […]