headshot photo of Dr. Jennifer Funk

Dr. Jennifer Funk

Associate Professor, Program Director for the Faculty of Biological Sciences
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences
Expertise: Plant Functional Traits; Photosynthesis; Invasion Biology; Restoration Ecology; Resource Use; Climate Change
Office Location: Keck Center for Science and Engineering 272
Phone: (714) 744-7953
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
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

Cleland EE, Funk JL, Allen EB (2016) Coastal sage scrub. In: Ecosystems of California. Eds: Mooney HA, Zavaleta ES. University of California Press, Oakland, CA. pp. 429-448
Kimball S, Funk JL, Sandquist DR, Ehleringer JR (2016) Ecophysiological considerations for restoration. In: Foundations of Restoration Ecology II. Eds: Palmer MA, Falk DA, Zedler JB. Island Press, Washington DC, pp. 153-181
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
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