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 Amanda Cicchino for winning a Graduate Research Excellence Grant – RC Lewontin Early Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution!

Adult coastal tailed frog (Ascaphus truei)

Amanda Cicchino was awarded a Graduate Student Excellence Grant – RC Lewontin Early Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution to test whether thermal tolerance changes throughout development in tailed frogs (Ascaphus spp.). Most studies on thermal tolerance focus on a single life history […]

Congratulations to Amanda Cicchino for being awarded an NSERC Postgraduate Fellowship!

Amanda Cicchino and the world’s coolest frog, Ascaphus truei.

A huge congratulations to Amanda Cicchino for being awarded an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Postgraduate Fellowship-Doctoral (PGS-D). This is a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship which is similar to an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in the U.S. Amanda […]

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 […]

Paper on the comparative landscape genetics of spotted frogs published in Molecular Ecology!

Columbia spotted frogs (Rana luteiventris) in amplexus (mating embrace) with egg clutch visible. Photo credit: W. Chris Funk

Our paper on the comparative landscape genetics of Oregon spotted frogs and Columbia spotted frogs in Oregon and Idaho has been published in Molecular Ecology! Our main finding was that species traits matter for […]

Congratulations to Rebecca Cheek on two new first authored pubs!!

Rebecca Cheek holding a pair of torrent ducks caught in the Huaral River in Peru. Female duck on left, male on right.

Congratulations to PhD student Rebecca Cheek (“tri-advised” by Cameron Ghalambor, T. Scott Sillett, and W. Chris Funk) for the successful publication of two papers stemming from her undergraduate work at […]

A huge thanks to the Funk Lab Ascaphus crew!

Alisha Shah led the field crew and shared her Zen mastery of thermal tolerance experiments with them.

A huge thanks to the Funk Lab Ascaphus crew for a tremendous effort and successful field season, sampling and conducting physiological experiments on the coolest frog on planet Earth, the tailed frog (Ascaphus truei and […]

The Funk Lab is recruiting a Postdoc, PhD students, and Undergrads!

Ascaphus habitat, Marten Creek, McKenzie River drainage, Oregon.

The Funk Lab is recruiting highly motivated people with interests at the intersection of conservation genomics, evolutionary ecology, and natural history. Positions are available at the Postdoctoral, PhD, and Undergrad levels. See “Joining the Lab” and Postdoc ad for details. […]