Chris Funk

Research Director

Office Location

Ellison Hall


Chris Funk is a senior Research Geographer with the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) EROS Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Group, an affiliated Research Professor with the UCSB Geography Department, and Research Director for the Climate Hazards Center.  Chris received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, focusing on a study of the Classics and Philosophy of Science, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from UCSB. Since 1998, Chris has worked closely with the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network, consistently pursuing three main goals for over two decades: i) enhancing the use of climate predictions within the food security community, ii) developing techniques and data sets for the improved monitoring of hydrologic extremes in the developing world, and iii) improving the use of climate services in developing nations. To pursue these goals, Chris helped found the Climate Hazards Center in 2003 as a collaboration between the USGS and UCSB.
Chris lives happily with his wife and twins in the mountains behind Santa Barbara, where he enjoys trail running, stone carving, and working on his house.