We are studying ecology, systematics, and conservation biology of coral reef organisms, especially of reef-building corals. Our esearch involves field survey (using SCUBA) and laboratory experiments (using aquariums in Sesoko Station and molecular analyses).

We are mainly focusing on the following topics:

  1. Connectivity of populations and population genetics of corals
  2. Possibility of adaptation and acclimatization to heat stress by corals
  3. Establishment and maintenance of symbiosis between corals and symbiotic algae
  4. Biodiversity and ecological researches of the organisms that are inhabited coral reefs and surrounding environments (e.g. intertidal  zone, inner bay with muddy-sandy substratum, mesophotic coral ecosystems (below 30m))
  • Coral spawning. We study larval dispersal and recruitment, establishment of symbiosis and effect on environmental changes on early stages of corals.
    Coral spawning. We study larval dispersal and recruitment, establishment of symbiosis and effect on environmental changes on early stages of corals.
  • Coral bleaching event on a reef at Sesoko Island (2016).
    Coral bleaching event on a reef at Sesoko Island (2016).
  • A coral species Sinuorota hexagonalis was recently transferred to a new monotypic genus by phylogenetic study.
    A coral species Sinuorota hexagonalis was recently transferred to a new monotypic genus by phylogenetic study.

Member

Position Name
Professor Kazuhiko SAKAI
Associate Prof. Saki HARII
Associate Prof. Tohru NARUSE
Adjunct Professor Kazuhiko FUJITA
Adjunct Associate Prof. Takashi NAKAMURA
Adjunct Associate Prof. James Davis Reimer
Adjunct Assistant Prof. Haruko KURIHARA