Kiva L. Oken, Ph.D.

Quantitative Ecologist and Fishery Scientist



This website is no longer in use. I am starting a faculty position at UC Davis in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology in Winter, 2020. My new lab’s webpage can be found at

My name is Kiva Oken, and I am currently a postdoc studying the coupled dynamics of fisher decision-making and population variability in the California Current with Dan Holland in the Conservation Biology division at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Andre Punt at the University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. Previously, I worked with Olaf Jensen at the Rutgers Center for Fisheries & Ocean Sustainability as part of the Coastal Waters Consortium. I received my PhD in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at UW with Tim Essington.

I enjoy combining novel statistical methods and mechanistic mathematical models in order to study complex data sets, answer ecological questions, and help improve our management of natural resources. I am also interested in working with others, and especially ecologists, to help them analyze data; I think statistical literacy is an increasingly important skill in both science and life as an informed citizen.