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.



Daryl Trumbo lands postdoctoral position at Virginia Tech!

Congratulations to Daryl Trumbo for landing a new postdoc in the Mims lab at Virginia Tech! Daryl’s new postdoc focuses on invasive species biology and population genomics. Daryl will help develop a data-driven, landscape model to help managers optimize control of aquatic invasive species (i.e., bullfrogs) and promote the persistence of at-risk native species […]

Daryl’s paper on puma landscape genomics accepted in Molecular Ecology!

Camera trap photo of mountain lion in the Colorado Front Range (Photo: Jesse Lewis)

Large apex predators are sensitive to urbanization because of their dependence on extensive contiguous habitats to support their large home rages and an abundant prey base. In a paper recently published in Molecular Ecology, postdoc Daryl Trumbo and […]

Another productive retreat at CSU Mountain Campus to work on our NSF EEID puma disease project

We had another productive retreat at the CSU Mountain Campus to work on our NSF EEID puma disease project (aka, the “Felidae” project). Current Funk Lab members working on this project include Daryl Trumbo and Chris Funk. Read more about the project here. […]

Harry Crockett, Larissa Bailey, and Chris receive grant to investigate boreal toad conservation genomics

Boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas). Photo credit: Wendy Lanier and Brittany Mosher

Harry Crockett (Colorado Parks and Wildlife [CPW]), Larissa Bailey (CSU Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology), and Chris received a grant from CPW to study the conservation genomics of the Southern Rocky Mountain (SRM) boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas) group, which […]