Welcome to the Funk Lab

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



Harry Crockett, Larissa Bailey, and Chris receive grant to investigate boreal toad conservation genomics

Boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas). Photo credit: Wendy Lanier and Brittany Mosher

Harry Crockett (Colorado Parks and Wildlife [CPW]), Larissa Bailey (CSU Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology), and Chris received a grant from CPW to study the conservation genomics of the Southern Rocky Mountain (SRM) boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas) group, which has experienced severe declines in recent years due to infection by chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis [Bd]). Now, most remaining populations in the SRM are small and isolated, leaving them vulnerable to extinction. The two complementary aims of their grant are to use a genomic approach to: (1) delineate management units and characterize spatial patterns of adaptive differentiation; and (2) test for Bd resistance at candidate genes (e.g., MHC) and thousands of other genes throughout the boreal toad genome. Funk lab postdoc Daryl Trumbo will lead genomic analyses, and new PhD student Bennett Hardy (co-advised by Larissa and Chris) will develop a dissertation related to boreal toad population ecology and conservation.

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