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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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Maybellene Gamboa wins CSU Department of Biology Graduate Student Impact in Teaching and Mentoring Award!

Maybellene Gamboa holding a Channel Islands Song Sparrow.

Congratulations to Maybellene Gamboa–a PhD candidate in the Funk and Ghalambor labs–for being awarded a CSU Department of Biology Graduate Student Impact in Teaching and Mentoring Award! Maybellene earned this award due to her passion for and dedication to undergraduate teaching. She received this […]

Amanda Cicchino scores big, winning multiple ecology grants & scholarships!

Amanda Cicchino in the Galápagos islands.

Funk lab PhD student Amanda Cicchino has been awarded two different scholarships/grants this spring to continue her awesome research on tailed frog (Ascaphus spp.) ecophysiology, conservation genomics, and vulnerability to climate change. First, Amanda won a Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) Small Grant for Graduate […]

Rebecca Cheek accepted to the Sustainability Leadership Fellows program!

Rebecca Cheek conducting field work on Island Scrub-jays on Santa Cruz Island, CA.

Congratulations to Funk and Ghalambor lab PhD candidate Rebecca Cheek for being accepted to the Sustainability Leadership Fellows (SLF) program! The SLF program is a competitive program through CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability that accepts 20 advanced PhD […]