Chris Funk Professor

Office: Biology 314

Phone: (970) 491-3289


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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • B.A., Wesleyan University
  • Reed College


My research is at the interface of evolution, ecology, genomics, and conservation. In the most general sense, I investigate the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity by combining population genomics, experimental manipulations, and field studies. Much of my current research focuses on interactions between gene flow and local adaptation.

In addition to my interest in basic questions in evolutionary ecology, an important part of my research program applies population genetic concepts and new genomic tools to address conservation questions. Population genetics and genomics are invaluable in conservation and management for the delineation of conservation units, determining patterns of genetic connectivity across landscapes, and assessing the status and viability of threatened species. A major focus of my research program is the application of population genetics and genomics to address critical questions for biodiversity conservation.


Advancing understanding of amphibian evolution, ecology, behavior, and conservation with massively-parallel sequencingFunk WC, Zamudio KR, Crawford AJIn: Population Genomics (ed. Hohenlohe PA). Springer, Cham, in press, 2019
Narrow thermal tolerance and low dispersal drive higher speciation in tropical mountainsPolato NR, Gill BA, Shah AA, Gray MM, Casner KL, Barthelet A, Messer PW, Simmons MP, Guayasamin JM, Encalada AC, Kondratieff BC, Flecker AS, Thomas SA, Ghalambor CK, Poff NL, Funk WC, Zamudio KRProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 49:12471-12476, 2018
Extreme streams: Species persistence mechanisms and evolutionary change in montane stream insect populations across a flood disturbance gradientPoff NL, Larson EI, Salerno PE, Morton SG, Kondratieff BC, Flecker AS, Zamudio KR, Funk WCEcology Letters 21:425-525, 2018
An experimental test of alternative population augmentation scenariosKronenberger JA, Gerberich JC, Fitzpatrick SW, Broder ED, Angeloni LM, Funk WCConservation Biology 32:838-848, 2018
Regional variation in drivers of connectivity for two frog species (Rana pretiosa and R. luteiventris) from the U.S. Pacific NorthwestRobertson JM, Murphy MA, Pearl CA, Adams MJ, Páez-Vacas MI, Haig SM, Pilliod DS, Storfer A, Funk WCMolecular Ecology 27:3242-3256, 2018
Unbroken: RADseq remains a powerful tool for understanding the genetics of adaptation in natural populationsCatchen J, Hohenlohe P, Bernatchez L, Funk WC, Andrews K, Allendorf FWMolecular Ecology Resources 17, 362-365, 2017
Adaptive divergence despite strong genetic drift: genomic analysis of the evolutionary mechanisms causing genetic differentiation in the island fox (Urocyon littoralis)Funk WC, Lovich RE, Hohenlohe PA, Hofman CA, Morrison SA, Sillett TS, Ghalambor CK, Maldonado JE, Rick TC, Day MD, Polato NR, Fitzpatrick SW, Coonan TJ, Crooks KR, Dillon A, Garcelon DK, King JL, Boser CL, Gould N, Andelt WFMolecular Ecology 25, 2176-2194, 2016
Genetic rescue to the rescueWhiteley AR, Fitzpatrick SW, Funk WC, Tallmon DATrends in Ecology and Evolution 30, 42-49, 2015
Harnessing genomics for delineating conservation unitsFunk WC, McKay JK, Hohenlohe PA, Allendorf FWTrends in Ecology and Evolution 27, 489-496, 2012
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