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.



Congratulations to Brenna Forester for being selected as a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow!

A huge congratulations to Brenna Forester–Funk lab postdoc extraordinaire–for being awarded a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in conservation in the country. The goal of the Smith Fellows program is to provide innovative training to early career scientists to enable them to find solutions to pressing conservation problems. Each fellow’s research is conducted in partnership with academic and conservation practitioner mentors. Brenna will complete her project entitled “Integrating genomics into Endangered Species Act listing frameworks” under the academic mentorship of Chris Funk (Colorado State University) and Erin Landguth (University of Montana) and in partnership with Robin Waples (NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service) and Cat Darst (US Fish and Wildlife Service). We are delighted that Brenna will continue to be a member of the Funk lab as she tackles this important conservation problem at the interface of genomics and policy.

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