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. We are broadly interested in how environment and species interactions regulate fluctuations in demographics (i.e. recruitment, growth, reproduction & mortality) and how natural resource management impacts dynamics in space and time. Our research integrates field & laboratory experiments, field surveys, statistical analysis, quantitative theory and simulation modeling.
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 Southern California.
We participate in several large interdisciplinary collaborative groups such as the Hakai Institute, the Ocean Modeling Forum Herring Working Group, the Santa Barbara Coastal (SBC) and Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, and the Global Impacts of Climate Change on Kelp Forest Ecosystems working group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
We are fans of innovative, if not unorthodox, ways of solving problems…