The coral reef physiology group is studying corals and coral reef associated organisms using morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular-biological techniques.
The following research topics we are focusing on.
- Coral diseases: Detailing the morphological and physiological characteristics of diseases and coral-killing sponges currently impacting corals and researching their cures. (Yamashiro)
- Coral bleaching: Investigating the mechanisms governing the corals response to increases in seawater temperature, including variations in bleaching sensitivity and potential means for adaptation. (Takahashi)
- Gamete recognition in marine invertebrates: How do gametes of the coral and sea cucumber interact with each other and fertilize in a species-specific manner? (Morita)
- Evolution of reproductive behavior and sperm in cichlids in Lake Tanganyika: Cichlids in Lake Tanganyika are endemic and show variety-rich reproductive behavior. We study evolutionary correlation of behavior and sperm motility and fertilization-related proteins. (Morita)
|Associate Prof.||Masaya Morita|
|Adjunct Prof.)||Akihiro Takemura|