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.



Vulnerability and resilience to climate change

Dried out Pacific treefrog (Pseudacris regilla) on Santa Cruz Island, California. Photo credit: W. Chris Funk

Climate change is the defining issue of our times. Increasing temperatures and extreme weather events are already impacting people, places, and nature, and these impacts will worsen for decades to come, even under the most optimistic greenhouse gas emission scenarios. A primary research focus of the Funk Lab is to understand taxonomic and spatial variation in vulnerability and resilience to climate change. By identifying which species and populations are most sensitive, we can target conservation efforts appropriately.

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