Dr. Dan Okamoto (PI) is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida State University. He received his PhD from UCSB, a masters in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University and the Hakai Institute with Anne Salomon and at Florida State University with Andrew Rassweiler. [he/him] Curriculum Vitae

Nate Spindel is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at FSU. He received his undergraduate degree from UCSB, and worked as a researcher and AAUS diver for PISCO, the Moorea Coral Reef LTER, and the UCSB SONGS monitoring program prior to migrating to FSU to work on kelp forest ecosystems and abalone population dynamics in beautiful British Columbia. Find him on twitter! [he/him]

Matthew Schumm is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at FSU. He graduated in 2019 from the University of Chicago, where he researched bird ecomorphological patterns and macroecology and mussel population spatial ecology. He is excited to study population dynamics, distributions and evolution of marine and aquatic organisms. He is particularly interested in studying effects of harvest on evolution and demography using quantitative modeling, observations, and experiments. Matthew’s personal site: sites.google.com/view/mschumm. [he/him]

Tony Cappellino is a senior at FSU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He is currently assisting Dr. Okamoto in researching the effects of food availability on the annual growth of red sea urchins. In addition to research, Tony is passionate about music and is a member of the FSU Marching Chiefs. [he/him]
    2020-2021 Undergraduate Students
  • Sofia Perez (UROP)
  • Trevor Alspach (UROP)
  • Kara Thornton
  • Maya Tiseth
  • Rachele Ferraro


Markus Thompson, MSc, RPBio is a recent Masters graduate advised by Dan Okamoto and Anne Salomon at SFU. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and has worked as an environmental consultant prior to enrolling in graduate school. He works as the CEO of Thalassia Environmental and works with Dan Okamoto on projects relating to herring, abalone, kelp forests and anything else underwater. [he/him]