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 Associate

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 interests include seed and seedling functional ecology in relation to community processes.

Monica Nguyen - Research Assistant

Monica graduated from Chapman in 2014 and is working on two projects in the Funk lab. The first explores the effect of drought on natural selection in two southern Californian grassland species. The second project examines carbon capture strategies in native and exotic plant species from Mediterranean climate ecosystems.

Megan Blair - Undergraduate Researcher

Megan is a sophomore biological science major at Chapman University. She is currently working with Joanne and Nilsha to test the effects of precipitation on root growth in native and invasive species.

Nicolette Burtis - Undergraduate Researcher

Nikki is a sophomore in the Environmental Science and Policy program. She is working on a range of projects in the Funk lab.

Nilsha Khurana - Undergraduate Researcher

Nilsha is a sophomore in Biological Sciences. She is currently working with Joanne and Megan to test the effects of precipitation on root growth in native and invasive species.

Joanne Kim - Undergraduate Researcher

Joanne is a senior in Biological Sciences. She is currently working with Nilsha and Megan to test the effects of precipitation on root growth in native and invasive species.

Kurt Nguyen - Undergraduate Researcher

Kurt is a senior in Biological Sciences. Kurt is interested in how different drought-tolerant vegetation communities influence bird and insect diverity.

Marc Rosenfield - Undergraduate Researcher

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

Sara Wanous - Undergraduate Researcher

Sara is a junior in Environmetnal Science and Policy. She is working on a range of projects in the Funk lab.

Previous lab members

Amy Ortega was an undergraduate researcher from 2012-2015. With Monica Nguyen and Kurt Nguyen, Amy studied how two invasive grass species responded evolutionarily to altered precipitation and soil nitrogen availability.

Luke Sanborn was an undergraduate researcher from 2013-2015. Luke examined how glutamine synthetase activity regulates nitrogen resorption from senescing leaves.

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 studied the effectiveness of summer irrigation as a restoration tool in invaded serpentine grassland. Her results were published in Restoration Ecology (Funk et al. 2015).

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.