Kenji Takata

While corals play an important role in increasing biodiversity by providing complex habitat structures for other species, they are highly threatened due to various factors (ex. climate change and over-fishing). We examined spatial genetic structure of two types of corals (precious corals and reef-building corals) aiming for their conservation.
First, we applied a genome-wide SNP analysis called MIG-seq to reveal spatial genetic structure and species boundaries in precious corals that can be found at depths of 100 to 300 m in Japan. Secondly, we examined 3 dimensional genetic structure of reef-building coral, Seriatopora hystrix that inhabits up to 50 m depth in Ryukyu Islands.