In the Evolutionary Ecosystem Ecology (E3) Lab, we put the fun in functional traits (and Fundulus)! We are fascinated with organisms that survive against the odds. Whether it is organisms that inhabit extreme environments or those that have persisted despite great pressure from human change (or often, both), we are interested in it! Our research studies how animals adapt to extreme conditions and how their adaptations shape their role in the ecosystems they inhabit. We hope that by investigating and protecting these extreme survivors, we can find inspiration to persist in spite of life’s challenges.