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 group strives to understand the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity and how rapid global change affects these processes. I address questions by integrating population genomics, quantitative field methods, experiments, and computational analysis in a variety of taxonomic groups (amphibians, fish, birds, mammals, and insects).

In addition to my interest in basic questions in evolutionary genomics, 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.


Conservation and the Genomics of Populations, 3rd editionAllendorf FW, Funk WC, Aitken SN, Byrne MM, Luikart GOxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2021
Genomic and fitness consequences of genetic rescue in wild populationsFitzpatrick SW, Bradburd GS, Kremer CT, Salerno PE, Angeloni LM, Funk WCCurrent Biology 30, 517-522, 2020
Advancing understanding of amphibian evolution, ecology, behavior, and conservation with massively-parallel sequencingFunk WC, Zamudio KR, Crawford AJIn: Population Genomics: Wildlife (eds. Hohenlohe PA, Rajora OP). Springer, Cham, pp. 211-254, 2020
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
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