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About OKEON
About OKEON
About OKEON

Project Mission

Establish an observation network to measure, monitor, and understand the terrestrial environment of Okinawa, in a collaboration between scientists and the people of Okinawa.

Project Description

The OKEON Churamori project is an initiative led by researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). The primary goal is to develop a network of Universities, Museums, schools, and citizen scientists who are interested in research on the environment of Okinawa. In particular, we are developing long-term space-time observation series from a network of locations in Okinawa Prefecture, combining field, informatics, and molecular approaches. In the last two years, the OKEON team has initiated long-term data sampling at 24 sites across Okinawa. Each site currently has instruments to log weather data, arthropod traps, camera/video traps, and acoustic recorders. In the lab, we have constructed a high-throughput ecological genomics pipeline, including automated molecular and bioinformatics pipeline. We hope to expand this network scientifically and geographically as more partners come on board.

Funding

OKEON is currently funded by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

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Principal Investigators

Evan Economo (Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, OIST)

Alexander Mikheyev (Ecology and Evolution Unit, OIST)

Project Coordinator

Masashi Yoshimura Staff Scientist, OIST

Masako Ogasawara Research Technician, OKEON

Technical Staff

Takuma Yoshida Research Technician, OKEON

Julia Janicki Computing Technician, OIST

Kenneth Dudley GIS Technician, OKEON

Jo Ann Tan Molecular Technician, OKEON

Nitish Narula Technician, OIST

Nick Friedman Post Doctoral Researcher, OIST

Georg Fisher Post Doctoral Researcher, OIST

Francisco Hita Garcia Post Doctoral Researcher, OIST

Field and Sorting Staff

Linda Iha Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Shinji Iriyama Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Toshihiro Kinjo Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Izumi Maehira Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Yasutaka Tamaki Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Kozue Uekama Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Inoguchi Ayumi Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Suzuki Shoko Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Kuniyoshi Masafumi Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Miyagi Akino (Past) Field and Sample Processing Staff, OKEON

Research Interns

Aina Urano Intern, OIST

Tori McGruer Intern, OIST

Sam Ross Intern, OIST

Gaurav Agavekar Intern, OIST

Other OIST Collaborators

OIST Media Section

In addition to the above list, we have received much help from various members within OIST.

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In addition to OIST, OKEON consists of an expanding network of collaborating scientists, schools, government entities, and citizens.

See collaboration page for more detail.