We will hold a open course for high school students from August 2nd (Tuesday) to 5th (Friday). Please read the pdf for details and application requirements. Applications for participation will be accepted by mail.
The Shimoda Marine Research Center of the University of Tsukuba will hold an open fieldcourse "Field course of the Mountain and Sea" for undergraduate students from August 22nd (Monday) to August 26th (Friday). If you wish to take the course, please send the required documents to the Life and Environmental Area Support Office, University of Tsukuba by the deadline (July 11th).
The Shimoda Marine Research Center of the University of Tsukuba will hold an open fieldcourse "Marine Ecological Environmental Science" for graduate students from September 26th (Monday) to September 29th (Thursday). If you wish to take the course, please send the required documents to the Graduate School of Education, Life and Environmental Area Support Office, University of Tsukuba by the deadline (July 29th).
Professor Yasunori Sasakura, Assistant professor Takeo Horie, along with collaborators, identified the function of D-serine in the control of vesicle release from epidermis during metamorphosis of the ascidian Ciona. The research was published online on March 12th, 2022 in Science Advances.
Associate Prof. Midori Matsumoto, Dr. Kenta Sugiura at the Keio University, and Prof. Kazuo Inaba and Assistant Prof. Kogiku Shiba at the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba succeeded in recording sperm flagellar motility in tardigrades and revealed that the morphological characteristics affect the sperm swimming behavior. These results were published online in BMS Zoology.
A special issue of the scientific journal Zoological Science, with Associate Professor Hiroaki Nakano and Professor Kazuo Inaba serving as guest editors, was published. In this issue, with a theme of ‘Diversity of Coastal Organisms Around Japan’, many discoveries from the JAMBIO Coastal Organisms Joint Surveys are reported, and more than 10 new species are described from the seas around Japan. Some of the papers in the special issue are available online, free of charge.
Associate Professor Hiroaki Nakano, along with coauthors, reported a new species of acoels, Amphiscolops oni, collected from Shimoda and other areas along Japan’s Pacific coast. This species, possessing one or two dorsal appendages, was named after “oni”, a yokai or monster with one or two horns in Japanese folklore. The research was published online on January 19th, 2022 and will be included in the special issue of the scientific journal Zoological Science, ‘Diversity of Coastal Organisms Around Japan’, to be published in February.
Professor Yasanori Sasakura, Assistant Professor Takeo Horie, and Post-doctoral researcher Ryoko Horie, along with coauthors, carried out research on the elucidation of the function of fate determinants that make sensory nerve cells. The research was published online on January 18th, 2022 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
Assistant Professor Takeo Horie, along with coauthors, carried out research on the motor neuron responsible for determining the rhythm of early motor behaviour in the protochordate Ciona. The research was published online on December 10th, 2021 in Science Advances
Assistant Profs. Ben Harvey, Lucia Porzio, Shigeki Wada and Professor Jason Hall-Spencer have published work that quantifies and confirms the role ocean acidification plays in inhibiting calcification, recruitment and abundance of coralline algae in lab experiments and at high CO2 locations in the field using meta-analyses and synthesis of past research. This research was published in Global Change Biology on the 25th October 2021.
During the Tsukuba Global Science Week (TGSW), the ICONA network will be having a kick-off symposium. Presenters from the ICONA Network, as well as representatives from the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO will be giving presentations.
Assistant Profs. Ben Harvey, Sylvain Agostini, Shigeki Wada, Koetsu Kon and Professor Jason Hall-Spencer have found that ocean warming and acidification are shifting temperate coastal reefs to simple turf-dominated ecosystems. This research was published in Global Change Biology on the 16th July 2021.
A special article "Progressing Ocean Acidification", in which Assistant Professor Shigeki Wada and Assistant Professor Sylvan Agostini of our center cooperated in the interview, was published in the Asahi Junior and Senior High School Newspaper on April 18.
Mr. Yasuto Hayashi (Wada Laboratory) and Mr. Aya Sakamoto (Sasakura Laboratory) of the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, who conducted research at this center, made excellent research presentations and received high praise. He received the Dean's Award and the Dean's Award for his outstanding achievements.
Mr. Yasuto Hayashi (Wada Laboratory), Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, who conducted research at this center, commended students at the "Marine Biology Symposium 2021" hosted by the Oceanographic Society of Japan Marine Biology Research Association online. Was awarded. This award was given for an oral presentation on the adhesion between particles involved in the decay process of marine snow.
Professor Kazuo Inaba of our center, in collaboration with research groups such as Osaka University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Paul Scheller Institute in Switzerland, used the marine animal squirrel and the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas to motor protein of cilia. We have discovered a novel photoresponsive protein that binds to and regulates its movement. The results of this research were published in "Science Advances" on February 26, 2021.
A special exhibition "Investigating Marine Life! -Introduction of JAMBIO Coastal Organisms Joint Survey-" will be held at the Kannonzaki Nature Museum to display the results of the JAMBIO Coastal Organisms Joint Survey.
Assistant Professors Ben Harvey, Kon Koetsu, Sylvain Agostini, Shigeki Wada, and Professor Jason Hall-Spencer conducted transplantation experiments of biological communities between environments with different CO2 concentrations in the ocean, and found that turf algae dominated. When biological communities transplanted back into an environment with current CO2 concentration levels, the community was able to demonstrate recovery within a few months. The results of this research were published in Global Change Biology on January 10, 2021.