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.



Chris selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow

Chris was selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Twenty researchers were chosen from across the country to participate in the program, which has the goal of providing “outstanding academic researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for translating their knowledge to action and for […]

Sarah, Lisa, and Chris give talk to high school students in Couva, Trinidad, about biodiversity, evolution, and conservation

Sarah explaining to high school students how evolutionary concepts can be applied to biodiversity conservation. On February 7th, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Lisa Angeloni, and Chris Funk gave a talk for high school students in Darlene Peters’ class at the Holy Faith Convent girl’s school about biodiversity, evolution, and conservation. In addition to talking about the […]

Breaking news: camera traps yield first photos of elusive ocelots (a.k.a., “Spots”) in the threatened Northern Range rainforests of Trinidad!!!

Wonderful holiday news from Brasso Seco, Trinidad, where our camera traps have captured the first photos of our target species–ocelots (a.k.a. “spots” in Trini)–in the beautiful and threatened forests of the Northern Range of Trinidad!!! In addition, our latest batch of photos include peccary, ant eater, armadillo, opposum, deer, agouti, Lappe (paca), rodents, and […]

Mónica Páez unveils new blog on the complex issues involved in biodiversity conservation in Ecuador!

Link to Mónica Páez’s new blog on what we can learn about biodiversity conservation from Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Initiative.

Camera traps “catch” four species of mammals in Northern Range forests of Trinidad!!

Great photo of a brocket deer (Mazama sp.). The latest batch of photos retrieved by Carl Fitzjames and Kelly Warren from our camera traps in the beautiful forests near Brasso Seco, Trinidad, reveals several rarely seen forest mammals: brocket deer (Mazama sp.); crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus); red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta leporina); lowland paca (Cuniculus paca); […]

Sarah Fitzpatrick teaches Trinidadian students about evolution as part of NESCent’s Ambassador Program

NESCent Ambassador group with Trinidadian students Sarah was invited to participate in NESCent’s Ambassador Program. The ambassadors traveled to Trinidad to visit high school classrooms throughout the island and lead a ‘Teaching Evolution’ workshop for over sixty high school Biology teachers in Trinidad. Sarah highlighted local research examples on evolution, ecology, and tropical biology, […]

Funk Lab hosts first ever Northern Range Conservation workshop at the “Cocoa Palace” in Brasso Seco Village, Trinidad!

Mike, Sarah, Chris, and Dale Chris, Sarah Fitzpatrick, and Dale Broder hosted the first ever Northern Range Conservation workshop at the “Cocoa Palace” in Brasso Seco Village in May 2013. We had a great turn out from collaborators like Mike Rutherford from the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine (UWI) and Kelly […]

Pilot camera trap project in Northern Range of Trinidad yields its first photos of rare and elusive wildlife!!

Brocket deer (Mazama sp.) “caught” in camera trap! Sarah Fitz and Dale Broder sent five camera traps (aka, “Cat-Cams”) to collaborators in Trinidad to try to photo-document rare forest mammals in the Northern Range. The cameras were used with success in the 2013 Trinidadian BioBlitz in the Arima Valley! Check out these photos of […]