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Kenichi W. Okamoto

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
Office
Owens 358
Hours
10:00 to 11:00 AM Tuesday and Thursday
Phone
(651)962-5226
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5226
Fax
(651)962-5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Integrating theory and data to elucidate eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Evolutionary epidemiology
  • The evolution of interspecific interference competition

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Host-pathogen coevolution in spatially-structured environments
  • Applying high performance computing to forecast eco-evolutionary dynamics in multispecies communities
  • The eco-evolutionary consequences of interspecific aggression 

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Okamoto, K. W. and P. Amarasekare.  A framework for high-throughput eco-evolutionary simulations integrating multilocus forward-time population genetics and community ecology. In press, Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • Okamoto, K. W., F. Gould and A. L. Lloyd. Integrating transgenic vector manipulation with clinical interventions to manage vector-borne diseases.  2016.  PLoS Computational Biology 12:e1004695.  
  • B. R. Wasik, Andrés R. Muñoz-Rojas, K. W. Okamoto, K. Miller-Jensen and P. E. Turner. 2016. Generalized selection to overcome innate immunity selects for host breadth in an RNA virus. Evolution 2016 70:270-81 
  • Okamoto, K. W. ,  R.  B.  Langerhans,  R.  Rashid and  P.  Amarasekare.   2015.   Microevolutionary  patterns  in  the  common  caiman  predict  macroevolutionary  trends  across  extant crocodilians. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society .  116:834-846.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 471 - 01 Evolution - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OWS 250

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

OWS 250

Course Registration Number:

22793 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

This course is an advanced exploration of the major concepts in modern evolutionary biology, including adaptation and natural selection, evolutionary genetics and microevolution, macroevolution, and molecular evolution. Applications of evolutionary thinking to such topics as medicine, aging, life history patterns, and behavior will be major foci. Four laboratory/recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; any 300-level BIOL course

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 471 - 51 Evolution / LAB - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 389

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OWS 389

Course Registration Number:

22794 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

This course is an advanced exploration of the major concepts in modern evolutionary biology, including adaptation and natural selection, evolutionary genetics and microevolution, macroevolution, and molecular evolution. Applications of evolutionary thinking to such topics as medicine, aging, life history patterns, and behavior will be major foci. Four laboratory/recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; any 300-level BIOL course

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 398 - 02 Disease Ecology M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OWS 251

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

42561 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

Course Description: This course uses ecology as a conceptual framework for understanding the spread and control of infectious diseases. Students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills as we explore the effect alternative modes of transmission have on disease dynamics, how host populations are impacted by pathogens and how different control measures (vaccines, antimicrobial medications, vector control, etc...) alter epidemiology. We will also extend our framework to non-communicable diseases, such as autoimmune disorders and cancer. Prerequisites: BIOL 209 and MATH 113 or MATH 109 or instructor permission.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 471 - 01 Evolution - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OSS 122

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

OSS 122

Course Registration Number:

43118 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

This course is an advanced exploration of the major concepts in modern evolutionary biology, including adaptation and natural selection, evolutionary genetics and microevolution, macroevolution, and molecular evolution. Applications of evolutionary thinking to such topics as medicine, aging, life history patterns, and behavior will be major foci. Four laboratory/recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; any 300-level BIOL course

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 471 - 51 Evolution / Lab - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 263

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OWS 263

Course Registration Number:

43119 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

This course is an advanced exploration of the major concepts in modern evolutionary biology, including adaptation and natural selection, evolutionary genetics and microevolution, macroevolution, and molecular evolution. Applications of evolutionary thinking to such topics as medicine, aging, life history patterns, and behavior will be major foci. Four laboratory/recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; any 300-level BIOL course

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)