The Oakley Lab
We are broadly interested in questions related to ecological and evolutionary genetics of plants. One primary focus in the lab is understanding the genetic basis of local adaptation and fitness tradeoffs across environments. As part of this work, we also study the genetic basis of adaptive traits such as freezing tolerance. Another research interest is the consequences of genetic drift on adaptation and population persistence, using heterosis in between population crosses as a tool to infer the strength of drift in fixing partly recessive deleterious mutations. I also maintain an interest in the evolutionary maintenance of outcrossing in highly selfing species.
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology &
the Center for Plant Biology
915 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054
Plant ecological and evolutionary genetics
Photo by Tom Campbell