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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.

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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 […]

Maybellene Gamboa wins prize for best poster at the 2016 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting!!

Maybellene Gamboa holding her study species, the Channel Islands Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia graminea)

Congratulations to Maybellene Gamboa (co-advised by Cameron Ghalambor, T. Scott Sillett, and W. Chris Funk) for winning the Ray B. Huey Award for Best Student Poster Presentation in the Division of Ecology and Evolution at the 2016 Society for […]

Mónica Páez awarded Lewis and Clark grant to support research on poison dart frog speciation!

Epipedobates anthonyi (Photo credit: Mónica Páez)

Congratulations to Mónica Páez for being awarded a Lewis & Clark Fund for Exploration and Research grant! The grant will support her experiments in southern Ecuador to test for reproductive isolation across elevational gradients in Anthony’s poison arrow frog (Epipedobates anthonyi). Mónica’s highly integrative dissertation project combines […]

Funk lab undergrad–Dusty Gannon–awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!!!

Congratulations to Dusty Gannon for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!!! Dusty has been an undergraduate researcher in the Funk lab for three years now helping PhD student Brian Gill with his research on latitudinal variation in range sizes in stream insects as part of our EvoTRAC project. Dusty’s hard work and dedication […]