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.



Alisha wins the Ray Huey Award for Best Student Presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting!!!

Alisha presented her DDIG work that addresses why mayfly species ranges are more restricted than we would predict based on thermal breadth alone. Alisha and her colleagues hypothesized that temperature acts synergistically with species interactions, such as predation, to restrict mayfly range expansion. They predicted that as mayflies move to warmer or cooler streams, […]

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 […]

Brian Gill presents talk at the Joint Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and Organization for Tropical Studies

This summer Brian Gill–a PhD student co-advised by Boris Konratieff and Chris Funk–traveled to San Jose Costa Rica to present preliminary data in a talk detailing taxonomic differences between Colorado Rocky Mountain and Ecuadorian stream insects. He presented information on the effects of DNA barcoding on perception of diversity in these two systems, and […]