Jennifer Funk - Principal Investigator

Jennifer received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and PhD from Stony Brook University (with Manuel Lerdau). She did her postdoctoral work at Stanford University (with Peter Vitousek), and joined Chapman in 2007. Jen's research interests include plant ecophysiology, invasion biology and restoration ecology. You can contact her at jlfunk at chapman dot edu.

Julie Larson - Research Technician

Julie joined the Funk lab in October 2013. She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan and M.S. from Oregon State University studying plant and restoration ecology. Julie's research examines how altered precipitation influences plant function and long-term fitness.

Monica Nguyen - Research Assistant

Monica graduated from Chapman in December 2013 with a degree in Biological Sciences. Monica is evaluating patterns of resource use efficiency in native and exotic plant species occuring in low-resource environments. With Amy Ortega and Kurt Nguyen, Monica is also studying the effect of drought and nitrogen deposition on natural selection in two southern Californian grassland species.

Kurt Nguyen - Undergraduate Researcher

Kurt is a sophomore in Biological Sciences. With Amy Ortega and Monica Nguyen, he is studying the effect of drought and nitrogen deposition on natural selection in two southern Californian grassland species.

Amy Ortega - Undergraduate Researcher

Amy is a senior in Biological Sciences. With Monica Nguyen and Kurt Nguyen, she is studying the effect of drought and nitrogen deposition on natural selection in two southern Californian grassland species.

Marc Rosenfield - Undergraduate Researcher

Marc is a junior in Environmental Science and Policy. He is studying endophyte diversity in native and invasive plants in southern California.

Luke Sanborn - Undergraduate Researcher

Luke is a senior in Biological Sciences. He is working on two projects. The first examines how phenolic compounds influence nitrogen resorption during leaf senescence. In collaboration with Nate Vorapharuek, he is also studying the effect of drought on root traits of native and exotic species in coastal sage scrub ecosystems.

Nate Vorapharuek - Undergraduate Researcher

Nate is a senior in the Environmental Science and Policy program. With Luke Sanborn and Monica Merrill, she is studying the effect of drought on root traits of native and exotic species in coastal sage scrub ecosystems.

Previous lab members

Hannah Inman was an undergraduate researcher from 2012-2014. With Kim Cyphers, she studied how leaf and soil traits influence litter decomposition.

Madison Hoffacker was an undergraduate researcher from 2010-2013. She is studying germination traits of native and invasive species of California serpentine grassland. In particular, can you water the serpentine grassland in the summer to trick invasive species into germinating early? Is this a viable restoration strategy for these invaded systems?

Matt Bernhardt was an undergraduate researcher from 2011-2012. He conducted a survey of Weed Management Area chairs in California to determine the impact of state budget cuts on weed management. His results are published in Bioscience (Funk et al. 2013).

Kim Cyphers was an undergraduate researcher from 2008-2010. She studied how leaf and soil traits influence litter decomposition.

Lori Glenwinkel was a research technician in the lab from 2008-2010. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at Columbia University.

Ginny Zachary was a research technician in the lab from 2007-2008. She is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at CSU Los Angeles.