Lab news

June 2018:

The lab says goodbye to our technician Inam Jameel who is leaving to start a PhD program at the University of Georgia. We will miss him. Thanks to members of the Aime, McAdam, McNickle, Mickelbart labs for joining us for our first lab BBQ to send him off.

May 2018:

The lab welcomes Juan Diego Rojas Gutierrez, who is a visiting Undergraduate Biology student from Universidad ICESI in Cali, Colombia. This summer in our lab he will be working on natural variation in salinity tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana.

April 2018:

Congratulations to future PhD student Josh Kraft on being awarded a Ross Fellowship from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. He hasn't even started yet and he's already hitting it out of the park!

New paper out (collaboration with JK McKay lab at CSU) - Price, N., B.T. Moyers, L. Lopez, J.R. Lasky, G. Monroe, J.L. Mullen, C.G. Oakley, J. Lin, J. Ågren, D.R. Schrider, A.D. Kern, and J.K. McKay. Combining population genomics and fitness QTLs to identify the genetics of local adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 115:5028-5033.

March 2018:

Our technician will be be leaving this summer to start a PhD program in Jill Anderson's lab at the University of Georgia. We will miss him, but wish him great sucess.

February 2018:

Very excited to announce that my first PhD student, Josh Kraft will be joining the lab in Fall 2018.

January 2018:

New paper out -  Oakley, C.G., L. Savage, S. Lotz, R. Larson, M.F. Thomashow, D.W. Schemske, and D.M. Kramer. Genetic basis of photosynthetic responses to low temperature in locally adapted population of Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany 69:699-709. Link to paper

Fall 2017:

We were awarded a Purdue Center for Plant Biology Seed Grant to investigate the genetic and physiological mechanisms of fitness tradeoffs across emvironments. Very excited to start a new collaboration with Brian Dilkes (Biochemistry, Purdue).

July 2018:

Oakley lab at Botany 2018.

Kattia Palacio-Lopez presented a poster "Latitudinal and elevational patterns of freezing tolerance in a widespread annual plant"

Chris gave a talk "Genetic and physiological mechanisms of cold acclimation and local adaptation"

Summer ICESI researchers poster session

Juan Diego Rojas Gutierrez presents the results of his summer project "Effects of salt on growth and survival in Arabidopsis thaliana"

Juan Diego was a visiting scholar from ICESI in Colombia where he is working on his degree in Biology.

August 2018:

November 2018:

Chris traveled to Italy to help plant this years field experiments.





A. Lots of plants to carry up the hill

B. Securing plants for the hike up the hill

C. About 1/4 planted

D. The view from the top

September 2018:

The lab welcomes Saira, Parker, and Jacob as new research assistants. We are glad to have them as part of the team.

Chris traveled to Sweden to help plant this years field experiments.

January 2019:

We are very excited to have Brian Sanderson join the lab as a postdoc. Brian will be working of the molecular and physiological mechanisms of freezing tolerance and fitness tradeoffs across envionrments.

We are also excited to have Isabelle Turner and Christina Gallick join the lab. Isabelle will be working on an independent undergraduate project on cleistogamy in N. American Ruellia.

April 2019:

Big congratulations to Josh Kraft who was awarded a NSF graduate research fellowship! We are very proud, and look forward to the awesome work he will do for his dissertation.

Brian traveled to Italy to help harvest this year's experiment.

May 2019:

Congratulations to Rebecca Deater for graduating with her B.S. Degree! Rebecca was the very first student to join the lab two years ago and has been a rockstar lab member ever since. We will be very sad to see her go at the end of the summer.