Welcome. My name is Jamie Oaks. I am an evolutionary biologist and NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Adam Leaché and Vladimir Minin at the University of Washington. I recently received my Ph.D. from the University of Kansas working with Rafe Brown and Mark Holder.
I am broadly interested in better understanding the evolutionary processes underlying the generation, maintanence, and assembly of biodiversity. To approach this problem, I explore 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.
On this site, you can find more information about my ongoing research, teaching, and software development, as well as read my blog where I post along the way. You can also find my CV here. Thanks for visiting. This site is still under construction, so come back soon!