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.



Joining the lab

Prospective graduate students

I am always keeping my eyes out for exceptional prospective graduate students that have something to contribute to the Funk Lab. Students that are passionate about combining population genomics with experiments and/or field studies to address important questions in evolution, ecology, and conservation and who are ready to pursue a PhD degree are encouraged to apply. Graduate students in the Funk lab develop their own questions and study systems and collaborate on current research on conservation genomics, gene flow-adaptation interactions, vulnerability of organisms to climate change, and disease dynamics, as well as other topics. As a general rule, I don’t typically advise MS students.

Interested prospective PhD students should first send me their CV and a short description of their research interests, career goals, and why you want to join our lab group (1/2 to 1 page). If I encourage you to apply, then submit your application for admission to the graduate school through the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE). Graduate support is available in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and various fellowships. Prospective students are highly encouraged to apply for graduate fellowship support (see this list of graduate funding opportunities compiled by the CSU graduate school), especially an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Several of my students have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and other graduate fellowships that greatly increase the time available for research.


The Funk Lab currently has opportunities for highly motivated undergrads to get hands-on research experience in population genomics, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology in the Funk Lab. If you are interested in working in the lab, the first step is to contact me by email, explain why you’re interested in conducting research in my lab, and attach your resume/CV and unofficial transcript.


Prospective postdocs should email me so we can discuss research interests and potential funding opportunities. I am always happy to work with prospective postdocs who are a good fit for the Funk Lab to apply for postdoctoral fellowships, including NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology, Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Canadians citizens and permanent residents), American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship (women), and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (underrepresented groups).