Kiva L. Oken, Ph.D.

Quantitative Ecologist, Rutgers University


As a quantitative ecologist, I use the language of mathematics as a tool in describing and uncovering unknown phenomena in complex ecological and socio-ecological systems. I often think of myself as a translator, constantly moving back and forth between mathematical ideas, and ecological principles and hypotheses. My work takes different quantitative approaches, including data analysis, simulation, and mathematical models, to better understand complex biological processes that are relevant for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources. See the drop-down menu for some examples of current and past research projects. You can also see some of what I’m up to on github.


Desk biologist outside of her natural habitat.