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.



Funk lab alumnus Brian Gill lands new postdoc at the University of Arizona!

Congratulations to Funk lab alumnus Dr. Brian Gill who has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Principal Investigator Michael Bogan in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. Brian will work on StreamCLIMES, an NSF funded Macrosystems Biology project with the goal of understanding […]

Funk Lab publishes PNAS paper on the causes of megadiversity in tropical mountains!

EvoTRAC field crew during stream “bioblitz” of the remote Oyacachi basin, Ecuador, way back in 2012.

Tropical mountains are the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems of the world, but the causes of this exceptional species richness have eluded biologists for centuries. In 1967, Dan Janzen postulated that reduced temperature seasonality in the tropics […]

Congratulations to Brian Gill for accepting postdoc at Brown University!

Photo credit: Tyler Kartzinel

Recent lab alumnus, Brian Gill, has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute for Environment and Society at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Together with Principal Investigator Tyler Kartzinel, Brian will utilize cutting-edge molecular tools to […]

Congrats to DR. Gill for successfully defending his PhD!!!

The newly anointed DR. Gill with his co-advisers, Boris Kondratieff and Chris Funk, and committee members, LeRoy Poff and Will Clements.

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Gill for successfully defending his PhD!!!

Manuscript on comparative biogeography of mayflies (Ephemeroptera) accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and photo of the Oyacachi River selected as journal cover

A view of the Oyacachi River. Napo Province, Ecuador. Photo by Andrea Encalada.

Proceedings of the Royal Society London B: Biological Sciences recently accepted a paper by Brian Gill and other EVOTRAC coauthors and will feature part of their Ecuadorian study area as their journal cover. In support of the ‘Mountain Passes […]

Brian Gill Awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for the project “Temporal Sampling and DNA Metabarcoding to Test the Climate Variability Hypothesis”

Volcan Antisana, Napo Province, Ecuador (Photo credit: Brian Gill)

Brian Gill and his PhD co-advisors Chris Funk and Boris Kondratieff will use this grant to build on their work estimating elevation range sizes of mountain stream insect taxa in Colorado and Ecuador to test the Climate Variability Hypothesis. In both the Rockies […]

Congratulations to Brian Gill for passing his comprehensive exam!!

Brian Gill, PhD CANDIDATE!!

EvoTRAC landscape genomics field crew returns from Ecuador

The confluence of a tributary with the mainstem of the Oyacachi River, and prime habitat for the high elevation stonefly Claudioperla tigrina (Plecoptera: Gripopterygidae) Brian Gill, Kayce Anderson, and Nick Polato (Cornell University) recently returned from fieldwork sampling aquatic insects in the Ecuadorian Andes for EvoTRAC’s landscape genomics project. Their goal was to supplement […]

Brian Gill and Boris Kondratieff discover new stonefly species in Ecuador!

Anacroneuria sp. (Plecoptera: Perlidae) As part of EvoTRAC’s Bioblitz, new species of stoneflies (Plecoptera) have been described. The specimens collected by Boris Kondratieff and Brian Gill were included in a study lead by Bill Stark describing five new species of South American Anacroneuria. One was named after EvoTRAC project manager and Funk Lab member […]

Brian Gill presents talk at the Joint Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and Organization for Tropical Studies

This summer Brian Gill–a PhD student co-advised by Boris Konratieff and Chris Funk–traveled to San Jose Costa Rica to present preliminary data in a talk detailing taxonomic differences between Colorado Rocky Mountain and Ecuadorian stream insects. He presented information on the effects of DNA barcoding on perception of diversity in these two systems, and […]