Masafumi Kodama

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2022Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Processes and mechanisms of ecosystem-formation on floating macroalgae
Seaweed that detaches from the seabed and drifts on the sea surface is called 'floating macroalgae'. Various small epi-benthic invertebrates and fishes form an ecosystem on and around the floating macroalgae, providing important habitats for a variety of commercially important fisheries species, especially yellowtail fry.
It is thought that the ecosystems around the floating macroalgae are formed gradually during the drifting process, influenced by the surrounding marine environment. However, processes and mechanisms of ecosystem-formation on floating macroalgae have been poorly known.
I investigate how the community structure on the floating macroalgae and their food web structure were formed and/or changed during the drifting process, and aim to elucidate the underlying physical and biological oceanographic mechanisms.


We are honored and humbled by the support of the Inamori Foundation, which has supported many excellent studies. The organisms that inhabit the algae are very different from those in the surrounding seawater, forming a unique and interesting ecosystem. I hope to elucidate the processes and mechanisms of ecosystem formation unique to flow algae.

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