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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.

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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. […]

NSF EEID proposal on the effects of landscape structure and management interventions on mountain lion disease dynamics funded!!!

Puma (Photo by Jesse Lewis)

We’re thrilled to announce that our collaborative NSF EEID (Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases) proposal to investigate the effects of landscape structure and management interventions on mountain lion disease dynamics was funded! Our research team includes Sue VandeWoude (CSU Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology), Kevin Crooks (CSU […]