I enjoy combining novel statistical methods and mechanistic mathematical models in order to study complex data sets, answer ecological questions, and use that ecological insight to help improve our management of natural resources. My work is motivated by the idea that a better understanding of the ecology of a system can improve our management of it. I am also interested in working with others, and especially ecologists, to help them analyze data and increase their statistical literacy. At Rutgers, my work focuses on food webs in Louisiana salt marshes and how they respond to anthropogenic stressors such as oil.
During graduate school, I volunteered with Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors to introduce students from low-income schools to the outdoors through activities like hiking, canoeing, and show shoeing. I look forward to making new connections to the community here in New Jersey.
2016 PhD, Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management, University of Washington
2010 BA, Mathematics, Carleton College
Oken K.L., T.E. Essington. (2016) Evaluating the effect of a selective piscivore fishery on rockfish recovery within marine protected areas. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 73:2267-2277. 10.1093/icesjms/fsw074
Webb E.E., E.A.G. Schuur, S. Natali, K.L. Oken, R. Bracho, J.P. Krapek, D. Risk, and N. Nickerson. (2016) Increased wintertime CO2 loss as a result of sustained tundra warming. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 121:249-265. 10.1002/2014JG002795
D’Amore, D.V, K.L. Oken, P. Herendeen, E.A. Steel, and P.E. Hennon. (2015) Carbon accretion in unthinned and thinned young-growth forest stands of the Alaskan perhumid coastal temperate rainforest. Carbon Balance and Management. 10.1186/s13021-015-0035-4
Essington, T.E., P.E. Moriarty, H.E. Froehlich, E.E. Hodgson, L.E. Koehn, K.L. Oken, M.C. Siple, and C.C. Stawitz. (2015) Fishing amplifies collapses of forage fish stocks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112:6648-6652. 10.1073/pnas.1422020112
Oken K.L., T.E. Essington. (2015) How detectable is predation in stage-structured populations? Insights from a simulation-testing analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology. 84:60-70. 10.1111/1365-2656.12274
Aing C., S. Halls, K. Oken, R. Dobrow, and J. Fieberg. (2011) A Bayesian hierarchical occupancy model for track surveys conducted in a series of linear, spatially correlated, sites. Journal of Applied Ecology. 48:1508-1517. 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02037.x