Welcome to the Funk Lab

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.



Lab alumni

Where are they now? Click HERE to see MAP of current locations of Funk Lab alumni!

Photo Name Former position in Funk Lab Current position & location Website
MicaMelanie Melanie Murphy Postdoc (2009-2010) Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming Website
Nick Polato Postdoc (2013-2016) Baker, Ithaca, NY Website
 jmr_plums2 Jeanne Robertson Postdoc (2010-2012) Associate Professor, California State University Northridge Website
Patricia Salerno Postdoc/Lab manager (2014-2017) Assistant Professor, Universidad Regional Amazónica IKIAM, Tena, Ecuador Website
Alex Trillo Postdoc (2009-2011) Associate Professor, Gettysburg College Website
Fitz Photo_zoom Sarah Fitzpatrick PhD Student (2009-2015) Assistant Professor, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University Website
Brian Gill PhD Student (2011-2017) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona Website
Chris Kozakiewicz Visiting PhD Student (2015-2017) Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington State University
Mónica Páez-Vacas PhD Student (2010-2016) Assistant Professor, Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica, Quito, Ecuador Website
Alisha Shah PhD Student (2011-2018) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montana Website
Seema Seema Sheth PhD Student (former Amy Angert student, adopted by Funk lab; 2008-2014) Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University Website
 Staci_Amburgey Staci Amburgey MS Student (2010-2013) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington Website
 FairmanChristy Christy Fairman MS Student (College of William & Mary) (2007-2009) High School Teacher, St. Paul’s School Brooklandville, MD Website
John Kronenberger MS Student (2013-2017) Conservation Genomics Intern, USFS National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation Website
Adrian Garda Visiting Professor from the Universide Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2018-2019) Phylogeography and ecology of reptiles and amphibians Website
Marilia Lion Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow from the Universide Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2018-2019) Conservation and ecology of amphibians, reptiles, and butterflies
Dusty Gannon Undergraduate researcher (2011-2015) PhD Student, Oregon State University Website
Jill Gerberich Undergraduate researcher (2012-2016) PhD Student, University of Texas, Austin
Kayce_sm Kayce Anderson EvoTRAC Project Manager (2011-2014) Executive Director, For the Good Period, Glenwood Springs, CO  Website
 shelley Shelley Bayard de Volo Lab Manager (2008-2010) Environmental Coordination Specialist, Larimer County, Fort Collins, CO Website