» Dr. Jennifer L. Funk
Associate Professor

Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences
Dr. Jennifer L. Funk
Office Location:
Hashinger Science Center 334
(714) 744-7953
University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts
Stony Brook University, Ph.D.
Video Profile


  • BIOL 204L General Biology Lab
  • BIOL 205L General Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 324/324L Ecology/Lab
  • BIOL 301/301L Plant Biology
  • BIOL 441/441L Restoration Ecology


  • Stony Brook University, Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Integrative Biology and Environmental Sciences


  • Jasper Ridge Restoration Fellow, Stanford University (sabbatical), 2010-2011
  • National Parks Ecological Research Post-doctoral Fellow, 2004-2007
  • STAR Graduate Student Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency, 1999-2002
  • Graduate Council Fellow, Stony Brook University, 1998-2004
  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation, 1998-2003

Honors and awards

  • 2012    Wang-Fradkin Assistant Professorship for exceptional merit in scholarly and creative activity, Chapman University
  • 2010    Valerie Scudder award for outstanding faculty achievement in teaching, scholarship, advising and service, Chapman University
  • 2009    Achievement award for excellence in scholarship, Chapman Universit
  • 2008    Gene E. Likens award, Biogeosciences section, Ecological Society of America
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Funk JL, Matzek V, Bernhardt M, Johnson D (2014) Broadening the case for invasive species management to include impacts on ecosystem services. BioScience doi: 10.1093/biosci/bit004
Standish RJ, Hobbs RJ, Mayfield MM, Bestelmeyer BT, Suding KN, Battaglia LL, Eviner V, Hawkes CV, Temperton VM, Cramer VA, Harris JA, Funk JL, Thomas PA (2014) Resilience in ecology: Abstraction, distraction, or where the action is? Biological Conservation 177:43–51
Funk JL, Amatangelo KL (2013) Physiological mechanisms drive differing foliar calcium content in ferns and angiosperms. Oecologia DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2591-1
Funk JL, Glenwinkel LA, Sack L (2013) Differential allocation to photosynthetic and non- photosynthetic nitrogen fractions among native and invasive species. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64502. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064502
Matzek V, Covino J, Funk J, Saunders M (2013) What do land managers need from scientists to control invasive species? Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/conl.12042
Funk JL, Cornwell WK (2013) Leaf traits within communities: context may affect the mapping of traits to function. Ecology 94:1893–1897
Funk JL (2013) The physiology of invasive plants in low-resource environments. Conservation Physiology 1: doi:10.1093/conphys/cot026
Drenovsky RE, Grewell BJ, D’Antonio CM, Funk JL, James JJ, Molinari N, Parker IM, Richards CM. (2012) A functional trait perspective on plant invasion. Annals of Botany 110: 141–153
Steers RJ, Funk JL, Allen EB (2011) Can resource-use traits predict native vs. exotic plant success in carbon amended soils? Ecological Applications 21:1211-1224
Funk JL, McDaniel S (2010) Altering light availability to restore invaded forest: the predictive role of plant traits. Restoration Ecology 18:865-872
Funk JL, Zachary VA (2010) Physiological responses to short-term water and light stress in native and invasive plant species in southern California. Biological Invasions 12:1685–1694
Funk JL, Throop HL (2010) Enemy release and plant invasion: patterns of defensive traits and leaf damage in Hawaii. Oecologia 162:815–823