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🇯🇵 Visit to Ischia for members of the Japanese Core

  • June 9th - July 3rd, 2022

Assistant Professors Shigeki Wada and Lucia Porzio have gone to Ischia in Italy (hosted by Dr Marco Munari from Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy) to examine changes in the production of macroalgal communities in response to ocean acidification at the Ischia CO2 seeps.

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🇯🇵 Visit to Bouraké for members of the Japanese Core

  • June 12th - June 26th, 2022

Assistant Professor Ben Harvey and post-doctoral researcher Davide Spatafora have come to Bouraké on New Caledonia (hosted by Dr Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa from IRD, New Caledonia) to examine community dynamics and fish behaviour, respectively, in response to altered environmental conditions.

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🇯🇵 Visit to Bouraké for members of the Japanese Core

  • June 12th - June 26th, 2022

Associate Professor James Reimer has come to Bouraké on New Caledonia (hosted by Dr Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa from IRD, New Caledonia) to examine understudied coral reef benthos and their symbionts

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🇯🇵 Visit to Bouraké for members of the Japanese Core

  • June 12th - June 26th, 2022

Professor Tim Ravasi, PhD Students Michael Izumiyama and Billy Moore, Research Unit Scientific Diver, Erina Kawai, and Research Unit Technician, Hiroki Takemiyagi, from the Marine Climate Change Unit of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) have come to Bouraké on New Caledonia (hosted by Dr Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa from IRD, New Caledonia) to collect fishes from the reference and elevated pCO2 sites to investigate how marine fishes respond to altered environmenal conditions.

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🇯🇵 Visit to Shikine for members of the Japanese Core

  • May 30th - June 3rd, 2022

Assistant Professor Sylvain Agostini and lab members (PhD student Joshua Heitzman, MSc students Guinther Mitsuhashi and Ryohei Teika, and 4th year Layla Iijima), as well as post-doctoral research Davide Spatafora, from the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba have gone to Shikine Island to study the response of corals and fishes to ocean acidification.

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🇯🇵 Visit to OIST for members of the Japanese Core

  • Nov 1, 2021

Assistant Professor Ben Harvey has visited the Marine Climate Change Unit of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) to give a seminar on his CO2 seep research from Shikine Island. Alongside MSc Student Guinther Mitushasi, they also made use of the Micro-CT Scanner in order to investigate how the calcified structure of organisms (including the mussel Septifer bilocularis) is affected by ocean acidification.

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🇯🇵 Research Trip in Shikine Island CO2 Seep for the Japanese Core

  • Nov 1, 2021

PhD Student Michael Izumiyama, Research Unit Scientific Diver, Erina Kawai, and Research Unit Technician, Jeff Jolly, from the Marine Climate Change Unit of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST), supervised by Professor Tim Ravasi, have come to Shikine Island again to collect additional fishes from the reference and elevated pCO2 sites to investigate how marine fishes respond to ocean acidification.

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🇯🇵 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 ICONA-JSPS Kick-Off Symposium

  • July 8, 2021

The kick-off symposium for the ICONA network held yesterday was a great success - Many thanks to both our speakers and the participants!

The title slides of the talks are shown in the image below, and the talks are being uploaded to our ICONA Network Channel on Youtube.

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🇯🇵 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 ICONA-JSPS Kick-Off Symposium

  • July 7, 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. See the poster below for more details, or visit the TGSW website here.

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🇯🇵 Research Trip in Shikine Island CO2 Seep for the Japanese Core

  • July 3, 2021

Associate Professor Dr James Reimer and Master's Student Emmeline Jamodiong from the University of the Ryukyus have been collecting soft corals and zoanthids from the reference and elevated pCO2 sites of Shikine Island to investigate their systematics and ecology, and to assess how they respond to ocean acidification.

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Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr Manon Mercader from the Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST), supervised by Professor Vincent Laudet, has been collecting fishes from around Shikine Island to investigate the role of hormones in the evolution of life history characteristics in fish.

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PhD Student Michael Izumiyama, Research Unit Scientific Diver, Erina Kawai, and Research Unit Technician, Jeff Jolly, from the Marine Climate Change Unit of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST), supervised by Professor Tim Ravasi, have been collecting fishes from the reference and elevated pCO2 sites to investigate how marine fishes respond to ocean acidification.

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🇯🇵 Research Trip to Shikine Island CO2 Seep for the Japanese Core

  • June 29, 2021

Researchers and students from the the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) and the University of the Ryukyus joined researchers from the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba for a research trip to Shikine Island CO2 seep.

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🇯🇵 Research Seminar at the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba

  • June 28, 2021

Professor Vincent Laudet from the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) gave a research seminar on 'Coral reef fishes: great models for Eco-Evo-Devo'. The talk described the research of the group which uses the extraordinary diversity of coral reef fish to better understand the role of hormones in the evolution of life history strategies, in a perspective integrating ecological, evolutionary and developmental components.

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Project Officially Starts!

  • April 1, 2021

The ICONA project has now officially started and will be running from 2021 until 2026. The project aims at facilitating innovative research on the ecosystem-level effects of ocean acidification using natural analogues.

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Initial Meeting of the Japanese Core

  • March 22, 2021

The Japanese Core Members had a meeting to discuss the start of the project, including the planning of future research activities.

The three core aims of the network were discussed:

  1. Facilitate research using natural analogues for ocean acidification through capacity building
  2. Assess the impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems using multiple natural analogues and possible adaptation strategies
  3. Promote data exchange and the dissemination of findings
Among other activities, the ICONA network will also facilitate the exchange of researchers and students.

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