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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 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 467 - 51 Emerging Infect. Diseases/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 268

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 268

Course Registration Number:

21216 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

This course focuses on emerging infectious diseases from many different perspectives with particular attention to the ways in which human behavior is altering the ecology of infectious disease transmission, thereby promoting emergence of these diseases as a major global health threat. The course will be a seminar format designed around case studies, discussion, guest speakers, and student projects. Laboratory will consist of an independent research project done in collaboration with the professor and peers. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Two biology courses at the 300-level or above

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 467 - D01 Emerging Infectious Diseases - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OSS 127

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

21215 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

This course focuses on emerging infectious diseases from many different perspectives with particular attention to the ways in which human behavior is altering the ecology of infectious disease transmission, thereby promoting emergence of these diseases as a major global health threat. The course will be a seminar format designed around case studies, discussion, guest speakers, and student projects. Laboratory will consist of an independent research project done in collaboration with the professor and peers. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Two biology courses at the 300-level or above

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 491 - I3 Individual Research - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23134 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 58 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

40906 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Kenichi W. Okamoto

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Co-enrollment in or previous credit for CHEM 111 or CHEM 115

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 471 - 01 Evolution - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OSS 122

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OSS 122

Course Registration Number:

42230 (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 - 1125 OWS 263

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1125

Location:

OWS 263

Course Registration Number:

42231 (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)