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.

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Honorary lab members

Saira Ahmed -

Undergraduate research assistant

Saira is working on a B. S. degree in Genetics, with a minor in Psycology. She joined the lab in Fall 2018.

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, 2016

Parker Caldwell, Undergraduate research assistant, 2018-2019

Alex Dowden, BTNY 498 research, 2017

Caylie Leclercq, Undergraduate research assistant, 2017-2018

Inam Jameel, Technician 2017-2018 - currently a PhD Student at the University of Georgia

Juan Diego Rojas Gutierez, Visiting undergrauate scholar - currently a student at ICESI, Colombia

Kattia Palacio-Lopez, Postdoc 2017-2018

Hsiu-An Chou, Undergraduate research assistant, 2017-2018


Lab Alumni

Josh Kraft - Ph.D. Student

Josh recieved his B. S. in Biology from Austin Peay State Univerity, where he gained research experience in plant-herbivore interactions and plant responses to herbivore induced green leaf volatiles. He also worked for two years on population genetics of Apios priceana with a focus on conversation policy. He is broadly interested in plant responses to both biotic and abiotic stress. He is currently working on the effects of epistasis and epistatic-by-environment interactions on fitness.


Brian Sanderson - Postdoc

Brian recieved his B. S. in Genetics from the University of Kansas, and his Ph. D. in Biology from the University of Virginia. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Texas Tech University before joining the lab in January 2019. He is working on the genetic and physiological mechanisms of freezing toelrance and fitness tradeoffs across environments.

Rebecca Deater -

Undergraduate independent researcher & research assistant

Rebecca just graduated with her B. S. degree in Biology, and has been a reserach assistant in the lab for about a year now. She is currently conducting independent research on patterns of chasmogamous and cleistogamous flowering across the genus Ruellia.

Juan Diego Rojas Gutierrez -

Visiting scholar

Juan Diego is working on his B. S. in Biology at Icesi University in Colombia. He will be doing a 6-month intership working on the genetics of tolerance to freezing and salt stress in Arabidopsis.

Isabelle Turner - Undergraduate independent researcher & research assistant

Isabelle is working on a B. S. degree in Plant Sciences. She is currently conducting research on pollination biology of Ruellia, and is interested in heterosis in the context of ecological restoration.

Jacob French -

Undergraduate research assistant

Jacob is working on a B. S. degree in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology/and Environmental biology.

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Christina Gallick -

Undergraduate independent researcher & research assistant

Christina is working on her B. S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Enviornmental Biology. She plans to conduct research on drought tolerance in Arabidopsis.

Photo by Tom Campbell

Photo by Tom Campbell

September 2017 - K. Palacio-Lopez, R. Deater, C. Oakley, C. Leclercq, A. Dowden, I. Jameel