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.



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Congratulations to Rebecca Cheek on two new first authored pubs!!

Rebecca Cheek holding a pair of torrent ducks caught in the Huaral River in Peru. Female duck on left, male on right.

Congratulations to PhD student Rebecca Cheek (“tri-advised” by Cameron Ghalambor, T. Scott Sillett, and W. Chris Funk) for the successful publication of two papers stemming from her undergraduate work at the […]

John Kronenberger’s paper on an experimental test of genetic rescue using Trinidadian guppies accepted in Conservation Biology!!!

Congratulations to John Kronenberger–a former Funk Lab MS student–and colleagues for successfully publishing the last chapter of his MS thesis in Conservation Biology. John used replicate lab populations of Trinidadian guppies to test the effects of augmenting small, isolated populations with different types of immigrants. He found no evidence for demographic rescue, but did […]

Paper accepted in Ecology Letters on the effects of extreme flood on stream insect persistence and evolution

N. LeRoy Poff and collaborators (including Patricia Salerno and W. Chris Funk from the Funk Lab) recently had a paper accepted in Ecology Letters on the effects of an extreme flood event on stream insect persistence and evolution. They found that persistence decreased with increasing disturbance and that species traits predicted resilience. For taxa […]

Alisha Shah’s paper on thermal tolerance in stream insects makes the cover of Functional Ecology!

Citation: Shah A, Gill B, Encalada A, Flecker A, Funk WC, Guayasamin JM, Kondratieff B, Poff N, Thomas S, Zamudio KR, Ghalambor CK (2017) Climate variability predicts thermal limits of aquatic insects across elevation and latitude. Functional Ecology 31, 2118-2127. […]

Alisha Shah’s paper on thermal tolerance in stream insects featured by Functional Ecology!!

Functional Ecology recently accepted a paper by Alisha Shah and other EVOTRAC coauthors and featured it. As predicted by theory, Alisha and her coauthors found that tropical aquatic insects have narrower thermal breadths than their temperate counterparts. Their findings also suggest that lowland tropical insects may be the most vulnerable to climate change compared […]

John Kronenberger’s paper featured in Animal Conservation!

John Kronenberger’s paper on the effects of divergent immigrants on population fitness using guppies as a model system was featured in the recent issue of Animal Conservation, including this beautiful cover image. Three prominent conservation biologists also wrote companion papers discussing John’s results (L. Scott Mills, Catherine Grueber, and David Tallmon), and John wrote […]

Manuscript on comparative biogeography of mayflies (Ephemeroptera) accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and photo of the Oyacachi River selected as journal cover

A view of the Oyacachi River. Napo Province, Ecuador. Photo by Andrea Encalada.

Proceedings of the Royal Society London B: Biological Sciences recently accepted a paper by Brian Gill and other EVOTRAC coauthors and will feature part of their Ecuadorian study area as their journal cover. In support of the ‘Mountain Passes are […]

John Kronenberger’s manuscript on the effects of divergent immigrants on small populations accepted in Animal Conservation!

John Kronenberger, guppy biologist extraordinaire, taking shelter from the rain while sampling guppies in Trinidad.

A paper by John Kronenberger, Chris Funk, Jedidiah Smith, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lisa Angeloni, Dale Broder, and Emily Ruell has been accepted for publication in Animal Conservation! Augmenting threatened populations with immigrants from elsewhere can be a valuable conservation […]

Front Range frogs make the cover of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology!

A paper by Chris, Melanie Murphy, Kim Hoke, Erin Muths, Staci Amburgey, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, and Alan Lemmon is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology! Mountains are global centers of biodiversity, but the evolutionary processes generating this incredible diversity are still poorly understood. Pioneering research by […]

Courtney Hofman’s paper on rapid evolution of dwarf island foxes accepted!

Photo by Julie King

Courtney Hofman (Smithsonian Institution) and colleagues used whole mitochondrial genomes to investigate the evolutionary history of island foxes, which occupy 6 of the 8 California Channel Islands. Our results are consistent with initial fox colonization of the Channel Islands probably by rafting or human introduction ~9200-7100 years ago, followed […]