welcome to the funk lab

Functional traits allow ecologists to develop mechanistic models that predict how ecological communities will respond to perturbations and how species will affect community and ecosystem processes in a rapidly changing world. Our research explores how plant biochemical and physiological traits drive ecological processes such as invasion, community assembly, and nutrient cycling. Click on the ‘research’ tab to read more about specific projects.

Read about our current NSF-funded climate-change project here, or watch this video.