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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.

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Funk Lab and colleagues receive NSF grant to fund tailed frog (Ascaphus) research!!! Yes!

Rocky Mountain tailed frog (Ascaphus montanus). Photo credit: Brenna Forester

We are elated to announce that NSF funded our “Rules of Life” EAGER grant entitled “Landscape Phenomics: Predicting vulnerability to climate change by linking environmental heterogeneity to genetic and phenotypic variation.” The overarching goal of our project is to predict which populations are most vulnerable to environmental change by first understanding how environmental variation molds genetic and phenotypic variation in resilience traits. We chose tailed frogs (Ascaphus spp.) as our focal study system because they’re sensitive to high temperatures, play an important role as grazers in streams, and they’re amenable to the type of genomic and physiological work we plan on doing. AND…as the sister family to all other frogs, they’re just super unique and cool. Our impressive team on this grant include Amanda Cicchino, Brenna Forester, Cameron Ghalambor, Jason Dunham, and Erin Landguth.  You can find out more about this grant in the NSF award abstract here.

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