- Postdoctoral Researchers
Yuko KITANO, Ph.D.
1. Education and Experience
Apr 2014–: Post doc researcher at University of Miyazaki
Apr 2009–Mar 2014: Ph.D. candidate at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Apr 2007–Mar 2009: Master student at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Apr 2006–Mar 2007: Research student at Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University
Apr 2002–Mar 2006: Undergraduate student at Faculty of Science, Nara Women’s University
2. Research interests
I. Population genetics of the coral genus Pocillopora (Pocilloporidae, Scleractinia).
– How much do their larvae drift tamong population?
– Do they expand their distribution with rising sea surface tempreture?
Pocillopora damicornis in Sekisei Lagoon.
II. Molecular phylogeny and morphological taxonomy of the coral families Dendrophylliidae and Poritidae.
– How many species they have?
– How they reproduce sexually?
Left: coral of the Dendrophylliidae – Tubastraea micranthus (green) and Tubastraea coccinea (orange).
Right: coral of the Poritidae – Goniopora stokesi.
Peer review in English
1: Yuko F. Kitano, Satoshi Nagai, Mitsuhiro, Ueno, and Nina Ysuda (2015) Most Pocillopora damicornis around Yaeyama Islands are Pocillopora acuta according to mitochondrial ORF sequences. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies 17(1), 21-22.
2: Yuta Saito, Mitsuhiro Ueno, Yuko F. Kiatano, and Nina Yasuda (2015) Potential for different reproductive timing between sympatric Heliopora coerulea lineages southeast of Iriomote Island, Japan. Bulletin of Marine Science 91(3), 397-398.
3: Roberto Arrigoni, Yuko F. Kitano, Jaroslaw Stolarski, Bert W. Hoeksema, Hironobu Fukami, Fabrizio Stefani, Paolo Galli1, Simone Montano1, Elisa Castoldi and Francesca Benzoni (2014) A phylogeny reconstruction of the Dendrophylliidae (Cnidaria, Scleractinia) based on molecular and micromorphological criteria, and its ecological implications. Zoologica Scripta 43(6), 661-688
4: Yuko F. Kitano, Francesca Benzoni, Roberto Arrigoni, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Carden C. Wallace, Hironobu Fukami (2014) A Phylogeny of the Family Poritidae (Cnidaria, Scleractinia) Based on Molecular and Morphological Analyses. PLoS ONE 9(5), e98406.
5: Yuko F. Kitano, Masami Obuchi, Daisuke Uyeno, Katsumi Miyazaki and Hironobu Fukami (2013) Phylogenetic and taxonomic status of the coral Goniopora stokesi and related species (Scleractinia: Poritidae) in Japan based on molecular and morphological data. Zoological Studies 52, 25 pp.1-16.
Yuko Kitano (2014) Molecular phylogeny of the genus Goniopora and taxonomic revision of the family Poritidae (Cnidaria: Scleractinia). Kyoto University.
4. Conference presentation
Peer review in English
1: Yuko F. Kitano, Francesca Benzoni, Roberto Arrigoni, Carden C. Wallace, and Hironobu Fukami: Molecular phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the family Poritidae (Cnidaria, Scleractinia). The 3rd Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium. Pingtung, Taiwan. June, 2014. (oral)
2: Yuko F. Kitano, Yoshihisa Shirayama and Hironobu Fukami: Phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Goniopora. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. Cairns, Queensland, Australia. July, 2012. (poster)
3: Hironobu Fukami, Kaoru Sugihara, Hiroyuki Tachikawa, Yuko Kitano, Paul Muir, Carden Wallace: How to identify species of the massive coral genus Favia. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. Cairns, Queensland, Australia. July, 2012. (oral)
4: Yuko F. Kitano, Yoshihisa, Shirayama and Hironobu Fukami: Phylogenetic relationship of two flower pot corals Alveopora and Goniopora in the family Poritidae. The 2nd Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium. Phuket, Thailand. June, 2010. (oral)
5: Yuko F. Kitano, Hiroyuki Tachikawa, Yoshihisa Shirayama and Hironobu Fukami: Evolution of the zooxanthellate and azooxanthellate corals in the Family Dendrophylliidae. The 2nd Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium. Phuket, Thailand. June, 2010. (poster)
Yuko Kitano: Turbinaria species and related corals. Scleractinian Systematics Working Group Workshop. Townsville, Australia. July, 2012 (oral)
Yuko F. Kitano: Molecular phylogeny of the genus Goniopora. Special Friday Noon Semnar, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology. 5 September 2014.
5. Research grants
Okinawa Churashima Foundarion: 703,980 JPY (Nov 2015–Den 2016)
The Sasakawa Scientific Foundation: 700,000 JPY (Apr 2011–Mar 2012)
Tel & Fax: +81-985-58-7233
Organization for Promotion of Tenure Track, University of Miyazaki, 1-1, Gakuenkibanadai-nishi, Miyazaki 889-2192, Japan