Kiyoko Yokota is an Associate Professor of Biology at State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) and conducts research at SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station (BFS) in Cooperstown, NY, on the shore of Otsego Lake. In collaboration with the BFS Volunteer Dive Team and Otsego Lake Association, she operates the NSF-funded Otsego Lake data buoy that collects high-frequency water quality data and contributes to regional and global lake science research projects through the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network. She teaches undergraduate and master’s courses in general biology, ecology, limnology, and lake management, including a short-term study abroad program to Ogasawara Islands, Japan. Yokota earned a BA in biology with ecology emphasis from Saint Cloud State University and a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a certified lake manager (CLM) of North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) and currently serves as the NALMS President-Elect. Yokota’s research interests include lake and phytoplankton ecology, aquatic microplastic pollution, and harmful cyanobacterial blooms, and she enjoys working with various local and regional lake and conservation-related organizations.