Welcome to the homepage for Dr. Dan Okamoto’s research group in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University.
We study population dynamics with a focus on exploited species of importance to coastal communities. We are broadly interested in how environment and species interactions regulate fluctuations in population dynamics and vital rates (i.e. recruitment, growth, reproduction & mortality), and how natural resource management affects both ecosystems and people in space and time. Our research integrates field & laboratory experiments and field data with high-end statistical analysis and numerical models.
We collaborate with local fishing and indigenous communities with aims to design custom models and analyses that bolster equity and sustainability in the process of science and natural resource management. Focal research taxa include sea urchins, macroalgae, forage fish, reef fish and abalone. Core research locations include the oceans surrounding the Great Bear Rainforest (British Columbia), the Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area (British Columbia), southeast Alaska, and coastal California.
Collaborator organizations include the Council of Haida Nation, Gwaii Haanas and Parks Canada, the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, the Hakai Institute, the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, the Santa Barbara Coastal Long-term Ecological Research Program, and ResNet
We are fans of innovative, if not unorthodox, ways of solving problems…