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


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.

Congratulations to Sarah Fitzpatrick for landing tenure-track job!!!

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Fitzpatrick for getting a tenure-track job at Kellogg Biological Station!!! 100% of Funk lab PhD students and postdocs who wanted a career in academia have landed tenure-track jobs (N=5), including Melanie Murphy, Jeanne Robertson, Alex Trillo, and Mónica Páez. Way to go Funklings!! […]

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 […]

Introducing DR. Sarah Fitzpatrick!!!

Congratulations to Sarah Fitzpatrick for successfully defending her PhD! We’ll miss her, but we’re also happy to see her take the next step in her career as a postdoc at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University.

Genetic rescue review featured on cover of Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Our new review on genetic rescue was featured on the cover of Trends in Ecology and Evolution. See earlier post for more info on the major conclusions of our review.

Citation: Whiteley AR, Fitzpatrick SW, Funk WC, Tallmon DA (2015) Genetic rescue to the rescue. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30, 42-49. […]

Review on genetic rescue accepted in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE)

Authors of TREE paper. Andrew Whiteley, University of Massachusetts Amherst (top left); Dave Tallmon, University of Alaska Southeast (top right); Sarah Fitzpatrick, Colorado State University (bottom left), W. Chris Funk, Colorado State University (bottom right).

Genetic rescue is an increase in population fitness caused by the immigration of new alleles into a small […]

Historic guppy transplant experiments in Trinidad provide a replicated test of the balance between selection and gene flow in nature, revealing that adaptive traits are maintained in the face of high gene flow

Sarah Fitzpatrick (PhD candidate), Lisa Angeloni (Associate Professor), Jill Gerberich (REU student), John Kronenberger (PhD student), and Chris Funk (Associate Professor) set out to the streams of Trinidad to investigate the impacts of previous transplant experiments where Trinidadian guppies were moved from stream localities with many predators into upstream tributaries with few predators. Guppies […]

Sarah Fitz awarded a Reed Fellowship to study the guppy microbiome and diet!

Congrats to Sarah Fitz for being awarded a Reed Fellowship to study the microbiome and diet of Trinidadian guppies!! She and her collaborators will be testing the effects of host genetics and environmental variation on their gut microbiomes.

Sarah Fitz wins the College of Natural Sciences Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award!

Congrats to Sarah Fitzpatrick for winning the CNS Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award in recognition of her dedication to undergraduate mentoring!

Sarah, Lisa, and Chris give talk to high school students in Couva, Trinidad, about biodiversity, evolution, and conservation

Sarah explaining to high school students how evolutionary concepts can be applied to biodiversity conservation. On February 7th, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lisa Angeloni, and Chris Funk gave a talk for high school students in Darlene Peters’ class at the Holy Faith Convent girl’s school about biodiversity, evolution, and conservation. In addition to talking about the […]