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Hiromi Yamamoto

Hiromi Yamamoto

Area of expertise Cora Reef Ecology
Research content The Dynamics of the Reef-building Coral Community and its Recovery from Disturbance
The Plasticity of the Skeletal Morphology and Reproduction Cycle of Acropora Coral Under long captivity


  • 1992 - Bachelor of Law and Letters in Arts University of the Ryukyus
  • 1996 - Bachelor of Science in Oceanography University of the Ryukyus
  • 2000 - Master of Science in Oceanography University of the Ryukyus
  • 2001 - Served at the Ocean Exposition Commemorative Park Management Foundation (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium)
  • 2011 - Current post at the Okinawa Churashima Foundation Research Center

Awards received

  • 2007 - Poster Award at the Japanese Coral Reef Society 10th Meeting

Essays, Reports

  • Masanori Nonaka and Hiromi Yamamoto 2003
    Reseeding the reefs of Okinawa with the larvae of Captive-bred corals.
    Coral reefs 22:34
  • Hiromi Yamamoto et al. 2006
    Education and conservation of coral reefs at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Proceedings of 10th International coral reef Symposium 1713-1716
  • A. Baird, H., Hiromi Yamamoto et al. 2006
    Temperature tolerance of symbiotic and non-symbiotic coral larvae.
    Proceedings of 10th International Coral Reefs Symposium 38-42
  • Mamiko Hirose, Hiromi Yamamoto et al. 2008
    Metamorphosis and acquisition of symbiotic algae in planula larvae and primary polyps of Acropora spp. Coral Reefs 27:2 247-254
  • Irina M Yakovleva, Andrew H Baird, Hiromi Hannah Yamamoto, Ranjeet Bhagooli, Masanori Nonaka, Michio Hidaka 2009  Algal symbionts increase oxidative damage and death in coral larvae at high temperatures. Marine Ecology Progress series.
  • Nami Okubo, Hiromi Hannah Yamamoto Fumio Nakaya, Ken Okaji. 2010
    Reproduction in cultured versus wild coral colonies: Fertilization, Larval Oxygen Consumption, and survival. Biological Bullitein.
  • Patrick C. Cabaitan, Hiromi Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Sakai 2012
    Recovery of corals a decade after a thermal stress event at Motobu, Okinawa, Japan: spatial variability in winners and losers
    Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies Vol. 14 No. 1 p. 27-40
  • Naoko Isomura, Yuichiro Baba, Shunsuke Nagata, Masanori Nonaka & Hiromi Hannah Yamamoto 2013
    The relationship between genetic similarity and reproductive success in the branching coral Acropora intermedia.  Marine Biology Research Volume 9, Issue 2, 2013 181-188
  • Hiromi Yamamoto, Peter Castro, Tomoyuki Komai. 2013. Records of Species of Trapezia (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Trapeziidae) Associated With Pocilloporid Corals Attached to Floating Fish Rafts (Payao) Off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. The Biological Magazine Okinawa 51: 83-91
  • Atsushi HIGA , Yoshito IWANAGA , Kousuke IWAHASHI ,Hiromi YAMAMOTO and Shintoku KAMURA 2015. Vegetation and growth situations in nationally designated natural monument “Shiokawa salty spring” (= Sugā), Motobu, Okinawajima. The Biological Magazine Okinawa 53:65-76
  • Kiyotaka Masaki, Naoko Isomura,,Hiromi Yamamoto 2015. X-Ray diffraction measurement of marine-derived calcium carbonate. Bulletin of Okinawa national College of Technology No.9 p1-12.

Affiliated academic society

  • Japanese Coral Reef Society
  • The Biological Society of Okinawa
  • Japanese Society of Phycology
  • Japanese Society of Taxonomy, etc.