We are studying ecology, systematics, and conservation biology of coral reef organisms, especially of reef-building corals. Our research 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. Effect of environmental changes, e.g. global warming and ocean acidification, on corals and the other organisms
  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.
  • Aquarium experiment on the effect of ocean acidification on coral reef organisms
    Aquarium experiment on the effect of ocean acidification on coral reef organisms
  • Faunal survey in a submarine cave, Palau
    Faunal survey in a submarine cave, Palau

Member

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