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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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Alisha Shah presents her results on stream insect physiology at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting

Alisha demonstrating her extremely low CTmin.

Alisha and the physiology research crew have found that critical thermal maximum experiments (a method traditionally used to measure the highest temperature an organism can withstand, and widely employed in studies investigating organismal response to climate change) can grossly underestimate vulnerability. Using a variety of measures […]

Historic guppy transplant experiments in Trinidad provide a replicated test of the balance between selection and gene flow in nature, revealing that adaptive traits are maintained in the face of high gene flow

Sarah Fitzpatrick (PhD candidate), Lisa Angeloni (Associate Professor), Jill Gerberich (REU student), John Kronenberger (PhD student), and Chris Funk (Associate Professor) set out to the streams of Trinidad to investigate the impacts of previous transplant experiments where Trinidadian guppies were moved from stream localities with many predators into upstream tributaries with few predators. Guppies […]

NSF RAPID proposal to test the effects of the epic September 2013 floods on stream biodiversity funded!

Drunella doddsi, a Colorado Front Range mayfly species, one of many species that may have been affected by the September 2013 floods in the Colorado Front Range. Our collaborative proposal between CSU (PIs: LeRoy Poff, W. Chris Funk, and Boris Kondratieff) and Cornell University (PI: Alex Flecker) to test the effects of the epic […]

Sarah Fitzpatrick’s paper on the landscape and conservation genetics of Arkansas darters–an imperiled Great Plains fish–accepted for publication by Conservation Genetics!

Arkansas darter (Photo credit: Kurt Fausch) Great Plains streams are increasingly fragmented by water diversion and climate change, threatening connectivity of fish populations in this ecosystem. In collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperation, we conducted a landscape genetics study for Arkansas darters (a candidate for listing under […]

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 […]

Kayce Anderson publishes new paper on the use of presence data to monitor butterfly populations!

Speyeria atlantis (Nymphalidae) Abundance data are widely used to monitor long-term population trends for management and conservation of species of interest, but these programs are often expensive and time intensive, which limits the number of species that can be simultaneously monitored. Presence (ie. occurrence) data, on the other hand, can often be collected in […]

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); […]

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 […]

Kayce Anderson’s manuscript on the effects of land use and climate change on butterflies accepted for publication in Conservation Biology!

Vanessa anabella (Nymphalidae) Using over 2 decades of butterfly data collected by Art Shapiro at University of California, Davis, Kayce (Casner) Anderson and co-authors modeled the effect of changing land-use and climate on butterfly richness at the urban-agricultural front around Sacramento, California. Over the last 20 years there has been a marked decline in […]

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 […]