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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.

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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 […]

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 […]