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Dr. Jennifer Funk

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.

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  • BIOL 101 Introduction to the Biological Sciences Major
  • BIOL 301/301L Plant Biology, Lecture and Laboratory
  • BIOL 324 Ecology, Lecture and Laboratory
  • BIOL 498 Capstone Course for Biological Sciences Majors
  • ENV 330 Environmental Problem Solving: Energy and Matter Flow


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

Recent Awards and Fellowships

  • 2017 Wang Fradkin Senior Professorship Award, Chapman University
  • 2014 Young Investigator Award, Research and Sponsored Programs, Chapman University
  • 2012 Wang Fradkin Assistant Professorship Award, Chapman University
  • 2011 Jasper Ridge Restoration Fellow, Stanford University
  • 2010 Valerie Scudder award for outstanding faculty achievement in teaching, scholarship, advising and service, Chapman University

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