Lab members

Chris Oakley - PI

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Purdue Center for Plant Biology at Purdue University. I recieved my B. S. in Botany from the University of Washington, and my M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in Biological Science at Florida State University, followed by a postodoctoral position in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. I am broadly interested in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics.

CV       Google Scholar Page

Honorary lab members

Rebecca Deater

- Undergraduate research assistant

Inam got his B. S. in Biological Science (with a minor in Crop and Soil Science) from Virginia Tech, followed by a one year post-bac fellowship at the University of Pittsburg. Most recently he was a techcian in the Schemske Lab at Michigan State.

Rebecca is working on his B. S. degree in Biology.

Inam Jameel - Technician

Elena and Lucinda


Lab duties:

Backup soil moisture measurement & label application


Research interests:

Jewelweed seed dispersal, spring wildflower phenology, strawberry yield.



Brandon Garver, Undergraduate research assistant

Lab Alumni

Kattia is interested environmental effects on biodiversity, and how natural selection interacts with this diversity to promote (or constrain) adaptation to new environments. Her dissertation research focused examined the role of phenotypic plasticity and hybridization in plant evolution. She's used Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system to explore the effect of high temperature on flowering time plasticity, and the effects of genomic admixture and recombination on phenotypes. Prior to her doctoral work as a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Vermont, she recieved a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia, and a M. S. from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. CV


Kattia Palacio-López - Postdoc

Alexander Dowden

- Undergraduate research (BTNY 498)

Alex is working on his B. S. degree in Botany and Plant Pathology. His project is fine mapping freezing tolerance QTL using Near Isogenic Lines.

Caylie Leclercq

- Undergraduate research assistant

Caylie is working on her B. S. degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding Biotechnology.