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.



Congratulations to Amanda Cicchino for winning a Graduate Research Excellence Grant – RC Lewontin Early Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution!

Adult coastal tailed frog (Ascaphus truei)

Amanda Cicchino was awarded a Graduate Student Excellence Grant – RC Lewontin Early Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution to test whether thermal tolerance changes throughout development in tailed frogs (Ascaphus spp.). Most studies on thermal tolerance focus on a single life history […]

Amanda Cicchino gets a paper from her Master’s accepted to Behavioral Ecology!

Pseudacris crucifer, the Spring Peeper (Photo credit: Nick Cairn)

In this paper, Amanda and her coauthors show that arboreal calling behavior is subject to environmentally-mediated tradeoffs across the [vast] range of the spring peeper, Pseudacris crucifer. The authors show that these frogs experience a benefit when calling arboreally both in terms of […]

Congratulations to Amanda Cicchino for being awarded an NSERC Postgraduate Fellowship!

Amanda Cicchino and the world’s coolest frog, Ascaphus truei.

A huge congratulations to Amanda Cicchino for being awarded an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Postgraduate Fellowship-Doctoral (PGS-D). This is a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship which is similar to an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in the U.S. Amanda […]

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 […]

Congratulations to Team Ascaphus for another successful field season!

2018 Team Ascaphus: (from left to right) Brenna Forester, Amanda Cicchino, and Kat Pain.

Congratulations to 2018 Team Ascaphus (Brenna Forester [postdoc], Amanda Cicchino [PhD student], and Kat Pain [undergrad field assistant]) for completing another successful coastal tailed frog (Ascaphus truei) field season. They collected tissues, specimens, and thermal tolerance data in […]

The Funk lab welcomes new PhD student, Amanda Cicchino!

The Funk lab is also happy to welcome Amanda Cicchino, who will be working as a PhD student on our tailed frog (Ascaphus spp.) genomics and evolutionary ecology project. Amanda received her MSc at Queens University, where she conducted research on call variation in spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer). Welcome to Colorado, Amanda! […]