Intra-University Cooperative Laboratories
Laboratory of Advanced Marine Bioscience
SAITO Hiroaki Prof. Ph.D.
Other Affiliations: Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute Department of Aquatic Bioscience, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Planktology, Biological oceanography, Marine biogeochemistry
Plankton, Food-web dynamics, Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem services
Plankton are small organisms floating in water, but its production and metabolism contribute greatly on marine food-web dynamics and biogeochemical cycles such as the production of salmon and tuna, global dynamics of carbon dioxide. They are a diverse set of organisms and form a complex predator-prey network (food web). Small environmental changes can induce large impacts in fish production or biogenic elemental cycles through changes in plankton composition and production. I have been studied the functions of plankton and interactions between marine environment and plankton using various methods such as field observations, incubation experiments, chemical analysis, and numerical models. Our lab members join research cruises in the oceans around the world. Reading papers, computer data analysis and model simulation are important tools for solving our scientific questions, but new hypothesis and discovery are often led by experiencing the beautiful and harsh environment in the oceans and observing plankton that live gracefully and powerfully in the highly viscous fluid of seawater.
|2016-||Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), the University of Tokyo|
|2014-2016||Associate Professor, AORI, the University of Tokyo|
|2011-||Head, Ecosystem Dynamics Group, Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute, Fisheries Research Agency|
|2001-2011||Chief of Biological Oceanography Section, Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute, Fisheries Research Agency|
|1997 - 2001||Senior Scientist of Biological Oceanography Section, Hokkaido National Fisheries Research Institute, Fisheries Agency|
|1998 - 1999||Guest Scientist, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research|
|1996||PhD (Agriculture), Tohoku University|
|1987 - 1997||Researcher, Hokkaido National Fisheries -Research Institute, Fisheries Agency|
|1986||B.Agr., Tohoku University|