We Carry Out Multi-displinary Research on Marine Ecosystems
We are a Creative Research Group based at the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba (Japan) that seeks to understand how changes in environmental conditions (focussing on ocean acidification, ocean warming, and marine heatwaves) will change our oceans. We achieve this with a multidisciplinary approach by using a combination of field, experimental, and desk-based approaches.
Ecophysiology and Energy Budgets
Subtidal Surveys and Experiments
Intertidal Surveys and Experiments
Long-term environmental monitoring
Remotely Operated Vehicles (Drone, ROV)
Statistical Modelling (in R)
Environmental Modelling (in R)
Who We Are
Our success depends on the strength of our team and collaborators.
We work with colleagues at the Shimoda Marine Research Center, as well as internationally with a number of different researchers worldwide.
Current and Ongoing Research
We are broadly interested in how our oceans respond to change. Our current research includes work on:
Our ocean acidification and warming research is performed using:
Field and manipulative experiments in Natural CO2 seeps in Japan, Italy and New Zealand, and latitiudal gradients in temperature
Experimentally with CO2- and temperature controlled aquarium mesocosms
Synthesis of literature using meta-analytical and other statistical techniques
Our marine heatwaves research is performed using:
Modelling to assess trends and patterns in marine heatwaves
Experimentally with aquarium mesocosms.
Our ecosystem stability and ecosystem management research is performed using:
Field and manipulative experiments in Natural CO2 seeps in Japan
Assessments of ecosystem responses to both anthropogenic (ocean acidification) and natural (typhoons) disturbances, including their resistance, resilience and associated feedback mechanisms
Click on the thumbnails for more detailed information on our research
How to join the lab
PI Dr Ben Harvey will be on sabbatical outside of Japan during the Academic year 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
Students can be accepted from the April 2023 onwards