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

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 2017-2018a


Lab Alumni

Josh Kraft - Ph.D. Student

Josh started as graduate student in the lab in the Fall of 2018. He is broadly interested in plant responses to both biotic and abiotic stress. He completed 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 very excited to be joining the Oakley lab and further investigating local adaptations and the underlying genetic basis of these adaptations.


Brian Sanderson - Postdoc

Brian will join the lab in January 2019.


Rebecca Deater -

Undergraduate independent researcher & research assistant

Rebecca is working on 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.

Parker Caldwell -

Undergraduate research assistant

Parker joined the lab in Fall 2018.

Hsiu-An Chou -

Undergraduate research assistant

Hsiu-An is working on a B. S. degree in Biology. She joined the lab in Fall 2017.

Jacob French -

Undergraduate research assistant

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