Jamie Oaks

Jamie is an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow that joined the lab in 2013. He is broadly interested in understanding the evolutionary processes underlying the generation, maintanence, and assembly of biodiversity. He explores DNA sequence variation within and among populations of organisms in a statistical framework to test for patterns predicted by ecological factors and historical events, such as climate change and sea-level fluctuations. This entails developing and implementing evolutionary models and ultimately applying them to molecular data collected from natural populations, usually in a phylogenetic and comparative framework.


Jamie received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas working with Rafe Brown and Mark Holder. He is starting a faculty position next fall in the Department of Biological Sciences and Musuem of Natural History at Auburn University.