Saturday, June 26, 2010

2nd Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium update

Hello all,

The 2nd APCRS just finished in Phuket, Thailand, and MISE lab members put on a nice showing. Congratulations to TF, who won the "best student poster" for his work, and to all other participating lab members. Here are the titles of the posters and talks:

1. T Fujii, JD Reimer. Phylogeny of undescribed zoanthid species in the Pacific. Poster.
2. C Aguilar, M Nonaka, JD Reimer. The Melithaeidae (Cnidaria: Octocorallia) of the Ryukyu Archipelago: molecular and morphological examinations. Oral.
3. Y Irei, Y Nozawa, JD Reimer. Investigation of distribution of five zoanthid species in Okinawa, Japan. Poster.
4. Y Nakano, M Obuchi, M Nakamura. Physical disturbance of the boulder zone on reef slopes. Poster.
5. JD Reimer.Examining biodiversity of understudied coral reef organisms: recent discoveries of “cryptic” zoanthids (Cnidaria: Hexacorallia) in Okinawa. Oral.
6. 58. SY Yang, A Alamaru, AME Noreen, F Stenfani, F Benzoni, D Obura, YT Lein, CH Chen, K Shashank, WKW Loh, A YangAmri, NV Wei, YY Chuang, O Taylor, A Macdonald, JD Reimer, CF Dai, A Abelson, CRC Sheppard, Y Loya, CA Chen. Stylophora pistillata associated with different Symbiodinium clades are deep-divergence lineages: acclimatization or cryptic species? Poster..

Plus, JDR helped organize a workshop on Terpios sponges:
Outbreak of cyanobacteriosponge, Terpios sp., on coral reefs in the West Pacific‐‐‐what, how, where, and consequences of "black disease" in the reefs

and contributed the following presentation:
1. JD Reimer, M Mizuyama. Preliminary results of field surveys of Terpios outbreaks in the Nansei Islands, Japan .

We also observed the very severe bleaching during a dive excursion - and hope the impact is limited, although things look very severe for the short term for Thai reefs.

After the conference, most people are staying in Thailand for diving and research, only JDR came back soon after the conference. Have fun, and congrats on your hard work!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lab meeting on June 16th, 2010

①Please turn your skype on when you are in labs (Science or Rising star building) to make it easy to contact each other.

②Always back up your laboratory notebook (e.g. photo copy) or your computer, and store them separate from originals.

③The date of mid-term presentation. - July 23rd.

④For Master students, please help 4th year-students for their mid-term presentation as well as JR and MO. (Check their resumes or presentations.)


Photo: Acrozoanthus from Ningaloo Reef, Australia.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Good post...

On the problems facing taxonomists...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lab meeting on June 11th, 2010

1. Terpios research trip in Miyako Island in mid-August/ Talk to JR if you are interested.

2. For 4th year-students-Turn in your title for the mid-term presentation ASAP!

3. JR will guide beaver scouts on a reef-walk on June 13th at Toguchi Beach. Come and help him if you can.

4. JR will give a talk at OIST on June 15th from 16:30-17:30. Tell JR if you want to come.

5. SD card for the lab common camera (G11) is missing! Return it immediately if you have it!

6. Please keep a log before you borrow lab common items. Logbook is on the cork board in student room. 

7. The date for throw away bulky refuges is June 21st.

Pic- Sunset view from Ningaloo station

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Even though CA and YI are back safe and sound from Ningaloo, there stories are now getting posted.


More later, this month looks busy with the Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium coming up.