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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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Congratulations to Sarah Hays for winning third place for her poster at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium and Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase!

Sarah Hays sharing her research results on nest construction in Santa Catalina Island Orange-crowned warblers.

Congratulations to Funkling Sarah Hays for getting third place for her poster at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium and Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase! Sarah’s research was funded by the Research Mentoring to Advance Inclusivity […]

Congratulations to Rebecca Cheek for passing her comprehensive exam!

Rebecca and her PhD committee (Lise Aubry, Cam Ghalambor, Chris Funk, and Scott Sillett (remotely) after her successful comprehensive exam.

Rebecca Cheek, PhD CANDIDATE!!

Cameron Ghalambor, Scott Sillett, Brandt Ryder, Paul Hohenlohe, and Chris receive NSF grant to test mechanisms of microgeographic adaptation

Island scrub-jay (Aphelocoma insularis). Photo credit: Katie Langin

NSF has funded our collaborative research project aimed at understanding the mechanisms causing fine-scale adaptation in the face of ongoing gene flow in island scrub-jays. Growing evidence suggests that adaptive evolution can occur over small spatial distances. How this fine-scale adaptation arises and is […]

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 […]

The Funk Lab welcomes Rebecca Cheek to the lab!

Rebecca catches dinner from the Ucayali River, Peru.

The Funk Lab welcomes its newest PhD student–Rebecca Cheek–to the lab. Rebecca hails from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she grew up and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alaska. She will be working on the genomics, evolutionary ecology, and conservation of the fascinating […]