Dan Okamoto (he/him/his) is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University.  He is a statistician, modeler, and field ecologist who enjoys working with communities and environmental managers to make fisheries and conservation more sustainable, productive, and equitable. 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 and at Florida State University. CV
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]


Kara Thornton is a second year student studying biology with an interest in marine biology. She is from Attleboro, Massachusetts and enjoys playing soccer, skiing, playing guitar and learning new things. She is also hoping to more volunteer experience at aquariums working with sharks and rays.


Maya Tiseth is undergraduate student pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, with a specialization in marine mammals. For her thesis, she is interested in focusing on conservation efforts for large endangered marine megafauna. Specifically, how increasing awareness in climate change and helping the environment can have an impact on the overall wellbeing of marine mammal populations.



Sofia Perez (UROP)


Trevor Alspach (UROP 2020)


Marina Nunez (UROP 2021)

Isaiah Vasquez (UROP 2021)

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]