Researcher vol.2

Continuous efforts to overcome challenges to achieve harmonious coexistence between humans and nature

To promote education and research contributing to the welfare and peace of humankind
Studying, nurturing, capturing, and sometimes battling with, all kinds of organisms, these are the daily routines of researchers at the Graduate School of Biosphere Science. The following is a frank dialogue between researchers who compete with and encourage each other to improve, sometimes as teacher and student and at other times as fellow members and comrades.

NEW Yukichi Fujikawa/Marina Suekawa

Associate Professor/Lecturer
Associate Professor/Lecturer,
Enzyme Chemistry Laboratory
Yukichi Fujikawa


Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor,
Enzyme Chemistry Laboratory
Marina Suekawa

These two researchers have conducted research together for several years already in the same laboratory. Both of them have advanced from the School of Applied Biological Science to the Graduate School of Biosphere Science. To tell the truth, however, Associate Professor Fujikawa previously belonged to another laboratory. Here is a dialogue in which they held a detailed discussion on the similarities and differences between them, as well as on their views of their laboratory. In the 2018 academic year, Ms. Suekawa was appointed as Assistant Professor of the laboratory, becoming a professional researcher. What did her close predecessor, Associate Professor Fujikawa say, when he expressed his expectations for her?

Yoichi Sakai/Satoshi Tomano

Biology of Aquatic Resources
Yoichi Sakai


Postdoctoral researcher
Laboratory of Aquaculture
Satoshi Tomano

Prof. Sakai focuses mainly on behavioral ecological research to elucidate the social structures and reproductive strategies of shallow water fish at individual levels, while young researcher Tomano has been drawing other researchers’ attention with his research into the stock structure of Sepioteuthis lessoniana (the bigfin reef squid). While their interests, research subjects and methods differ, they are both courageous enough to take on hardships to solve the mysteries behind hydrosphere organisms. The following is a transcript of their frank conversation.