Research

David Funk

David H. Funk

Entomologist,

Director of Facilities

970 Spencer Road

Avondale, PA 19311

610.268.2153 x 237

610.268.0490 Fax

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Research Focus

I am interested in all aspects of aquatic insect biology, especially the resolution of species using genetics, reproductive biology and life history data. I have also combined my interests in entomology and photography to produce a large collection of images of aquatic insects in their native habitat.

Publications

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Funk, D. H. 2016. Mating Behavior of Phyllopalpus pulchellus Uhler (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Trigonidiinae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 25: 7-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1665/034.025.0103

Walker, T. J., and D. H. Funk. 2014. Systematics and Acoustics of North American Anaxipha (Gryllidae: Trigonidiinae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 23: 1-38. DOI: 10.1665/034.023.0102

Conley, J. M., D. H. Funk, D. H. Hesterberg, L.-C. Hsu, J. Kan, Y.-T. Liu, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2013. Bioconcentration and Biotransformation of Selenite versus Selenate Exposed Periphyton and Subsequent Toxicity to the Mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer. Environmental Science & Technology 47: 7965-7973. DOI: 10.1021/es400643x

Kim, K. S., D. H. Funk, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2012. Dietary (periphyton) and aqueous Zn bioaccumulation dynamics in the mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer. Ecotoxicology 21: 2288-2296 LA - English. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-012-0985-1

Webb, J. M., L. M. Jacobus, D. H. Funk, X. Zhou, B. Kondratieff, C. J. Geraci, R. E. DeWalt, D. J. Baird, B. Richard, I. Phillips, and P. D. N. Hebert. 2012. A DNA Barcode Library for North American Ephemeroptera: Progress and Prospects. Plos One 7. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038063

Walker, T. J., and D. H. Funk. 2012. The Scientific Names of Two Common Florida Crickets (Orthoptera, Gryllidae). Fla Entomol 95: 936-938. DOI: 10.1653/024.095.0417

Weissman, D. B., D. H. Funk, and T. J. Walker. 2012. Gryllus mandevillus (Orthoptera: Gryllidae) is a valid field cricket species. Zootaxa: 65-68.

Conley, J. M., D. H. Funk, N. J. Cariello, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2011. Food rationing affects dietary selenium bioaccumulation and life cycle performance in the mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer. Ecotoxicology 20: 1840-1851. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-011-0722-1

Funk, D. H., B. W. Sweeney, and J. K. Jackson. 2010. Why stream mayflies can reproduce without males but remain bisexual: a case of lost genetic variation. DOI: 10.1899/10-015.1. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29: 1258-1266.

Xie, L., D. H. Funk, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2010. Trophic transfer of Cd from natural periphyton to the grazing mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer in a life cycle test. Environmental Pollution 158: 272-277. Request PDF

Alexander, L. C., M. Delion, D. J. Hawthorne, W. O. Lamp, and D. H. Funk. 2009. Mitochondrial lineages and DNA barcoding of closely related species in the mayfly genus Ephemerella (Ephemeroptera:Ephemerellidae). Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28: 584-595. DOI: 10.1899/08-150.1

Conley, J. M., D. H. Funk, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2009. Selenium bioaccumulation and maternal transfer in the mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer in a life-cycle, periphyton-biofilm trophic assay. Environmental Science & Technology 43: 7952-7957. Request PDF

Xie, L., J. L. Flippin, N. Deighton, D. H. Funk, D. A. Dickey, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2009. Mercury(II) bioaccumulation and antioxidant physiology in four aquatic insects. Environmental Science & Technology 43: 934-940. Request PDF

Funk, D. H., B. W. Sweeney, and J. K. Jackson. 2008. A taxonomic reassessment of the Drunella lata (Morgan) species complex (Ephemeroptera:Ephemerellidae) in northeastern North America. Journal of the North American Benthological Society: 647-663. Request PDF

Funk, D. H., J. K. Jackson, and B. W. Sweeney. 2008. A new parthenogenetic mayfly (Ephemeroptera:Ephemerellidae:Eurylophella Tiensuu) oviposits by abdominal bursting in the subimago. Journal of the North American Benthological Society: 269-279. Request PDF

Funk, D. H., J. K. Jackson, and B. W. Sweeney. 2006. Taxonomy and genetics of the parthenogenetic mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer and its sexual sister Centroptilum alamance (Ephemeroptera:Baetidae). Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25: 417-429. Request PDF

Funk, D. H., and H. Fenstermacher. 2002. Description of the aquatic larva and pupa of Paralichas trivittis (Coleoptera: Ptilodactylidae), with notes on its biology. Entomological News 133: 344-354. Request PDF

Funk, D. H., and D. W. Tallamy. 2000. Courtship role reversal and deceptive signals in the long-tailed dance fly, Rhamphomyia longicauda. Animal Behaviour 59: 411-421. Request PDF

Sweeney, B. W., J. K. Jackson, and D. H. Funk. 1995. Semivoltinism, seasonal emergence, and adult size variation in a tropical stream mayfly (Euthyplocia hecuba). Journal of the North American Benthological Society 14: 131-146. Request PDF

Standley, L. J., B. W. Sweeney, and D. H. Funk. 1994. Maternal Transfer of Chlordane and Its Metabolites to the Eggs of a Stream Mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer. Environmental Science & Technology 28: 2105-2111.

Funk, D. H., and B. W. Sweeney. 1994. The larvae of Eastern North American Eurylophella Tiensuu (Ephemeroptera: Ephemerellidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 120: 209-286.

Sweeney, B. W., D. H. Funk, and L. J. Standley. 1993. Use of the stream mayfly Cloeon triangulifer as a bioassay organism: life history response and body burden following exposure to technical chlordane. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 12: 115-125. Request PDF

Sweeney, B. W., J. K. Jackson, J. D. Newbold, and D. H. Funk. 1992. Climate change and the life histories and biogeography of aquatic insects in eastern North-America, pp. 143-176. In P. Firth and S. G. Fisher [eds.], Global Climate Change and Freshwater Ecosystems. Springer-Verlag, 175 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010.

Funk, D. H., and B. W. Sweeney. 1990. Electrophoretic analysis of species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in taeniopterygid stoneflies (Plecoptera). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 116: 727-751.

Funk, D. H. 1989. The mating of tree crickets. Scientific American 260: 50-59.

Funk, D. H., B. W. Sweeney, and R. L. Vannote. 1988. Electrophoretic study of Eastern North American Eurylophella (Ephemeroptera: Ephemerellidae) with the discovery of morphologically cryptic species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 81: 174-186.

Sweeney, B. W., and D. H. Funk. 1991. Population genetics of the burrowing mayfly Dolania americana: geographic variation and the presence of a cryptic species. Aquatic Insects 13: 1-11.

Sweeney, B. W., D. H. Funk, and R. L. Vannote. 1987. Genetic variation in stream mayfly (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) populations in eastern North America. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 80: 600-612.

Sweeney, B. W., D. H. Funk, and R. L. Vannote. 1986. Population genetic structure of two mayflies (Ephemerella subvaria, Eurylophella verisimilis) in the Delaware River drainage basin. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 5: 253-262.

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Photography

I have been taking pictures of insects for 30 years and have developed special equipment such as a shallow underwater rig (pictured below) for taking in-stream photos aquatic insects. My photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Natural History, Scientific American, Ranger Rick, National Wildlife, Wings (Xerces Society), BBC Wildlife and Nature Australia.

  • Ameletus ludens mayfly larva

    Ameletus ludens mayfly larva photographed in White Clay Creek, PA.

  • David H. Funk using underwater photography rig

    David Funk using his shallow underwater photography rig.

  • Underwater photography rig developed by David H. Funk

    Special rig for taking pictures of living insects on stream bottoms.

  • Epeorus pleuralis mayfly lava in aquatic moss

    Epeorus pleuralis mayfly larva nestled among aquatic mosses in Rondout Creek, NY.

  • Brachycentrus caddisfly larva

    Brachycentrus caddisfly larva in Neversink River, New York.

  • Blepharicerid fly larvae

    Blepharicerid fly larvae crawling across the face of a waterfall in the Bear Kill, New York.

  • Two Epeorus mayfly larvae, upper specimen recently molted

    Two Epeorus mayfly larvae in the Beaverkill River, New York. The upper specimen has recently molted.

  • Tallaperla maria stonefly adult

    Tallaperla maria stonefly adult emerged from Spring Creek, Pennsylvania.

  • Ephemerella dorothea mayfly adult male

    Ephemerella dorothea mayfly, adult male emerged from White Clay Creek, Pennsylvania.

  • Eurylophella oviruptis mayfly, a recently-described species

    Eurylophella oviruptis mayfly, a recently-described species from swamp streams in North Carolina (female sub-adult).