Portrait of Yoshitaka Ota

Marine and Environmental Affairs

Yoshitaka Ota

Research Assistant Professor

Yoshitaka (Yoshi) Ota has a background in social anthropology at the University College London. He has conducted ethnographic research on various coastal communities—including in Palau, UK, Indonesia and Japan—studying peoples’ relationship to oceans. He was the director (policy) of Nereus Program (2011-19), which produced and supported over 300 publications in various disciplinary journals, including a book titled “predicting future oceans”. He has been engaged in policy research involving coastal communities, marine conservation and human security. Yoshi now is the Director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Research Center, an international initiative hosted in the UW Earth Lab. He is also an EMPA graduate of Evans school of Public Policy and Governance.