Kiva L. Oken, Ph.D.

Quantitative Ecologist, Rutgers University



My name is Kiva Oken, and I am currently a postdoc working with Olaf Jensen in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. I am part of the Coastal Waters Consortium which is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. I received my PhD in the interdisciplinary Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington in December, 2016 with Tim Essington in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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.