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 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. […]

Congratulations to Brenna Forester for co-authoring a paper published in PNAS!!

Myotis escalerai in flight in Soria, Spain (photo credit: Daniel Fernandez Alonso)

Forecasts of species vulnerability and extinction risk under future climate change commonly ignore local adaptations despite their importance for determining the potential of populations to respond to future changes. In a paper recently published in PNAS, Dr. Orly Razgour, leading […]

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 […]

Chris, Brenna, and colleagues publish new paper on integrating adaptive potential into the U.S. Endangered Species Act

Chris, Brenna Forester, and colleagues published a new paper on integrating adaptive potential into U.S. Endangered Species Act listing and recovery decisions. Rapid environmental change means that populations will often have to adapt, or go extinct. Characterizing adaptive potential using traditional approaches such as reciprocal transplant experiments, however, is often impossible for endangered species. […]

The Funk lab welcomes new postdoc, Brenna Forester!

The Funk lab is pleased to welcome Brenna Forester, who will be working as a postdoc on our tailed frog (Ascaphus spp.) genomics and evolutionary ecology project. Brenna received her PhD at Duke University, where her dissertation focused on testing and applying landscape genomic methods for identifying loci under selection. Welcome to the Fort, […]