GBC Staff

Picture of Chris FunkW. Chris Funk, Ph.D. is the Director of the Global Biodiversity Center

Dr. Funk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and an Advising Faculty member in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Trained as an evolutionary ecologist and conservation geneticist, he focuses on understanding the mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity. He primarily studies vertebrates—including amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals—in tropical South America and the western U.S., although a new branch of his research program focuses on aquatic insects. His main interest lies in addressing questions of fundamental importance in evolutionary ecology that also have important conservation applications. He studies common species as models for testing evolutionary and conservation theory, as well as threatened and endangered species to inform their conservation and management. He was an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow in 2015.

Dr. Funk can be contacted at


29542588_10104766769622564_7432905964445009394_n_0.jpgDr. Jacob Job is the Global Biodiversity Center's Research and Social Media Coordinator.

Jacob is a research associate with the Sound and Light Ecology Team ( at Colorado State University and the National Park Service. He manages the Acoustic Listening Lab at CSU and helps undergraduate students design, conduct, and write up their honors research projects. He is also involved in developing science outreach programs for the research group and has recently established a science communication partnership with Yellowstone National Park. Finally, Jacob travels to different parts of the country to produce high quality audio recordings of vocalizing animals, as well as entire soundscapes.


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