Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Ecological Dynamics


Assistant Professor MAKINO Wataru
Campus Aobayama campus
Laboratory Watershed Ecology
Tel +81-22-795-6682
E-mail wataru.makino.e8@tohoku.ac.jp
Website http://tohokuecology.jp/aquatic
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I was born in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, Japan. I started research back in 1992, on the diel vertical migration of zooplankton in Lake Toya, Hokkaido, Japan. I am a big fan of baseball.

1998 Ph D, Hokkaido University, Hakodate, Japan
1999 Research Fellow, CMES, Ehime University, Japan
2000 Research Associate, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, University of Minnesota, USA
2002 JSPS Research Fellow, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan
2003 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan
Selected Publications

Makino W, Ohtsuki A, Urabe J (2013) Finding copepod footprints: a protocol for molecular identification of diapausing eggs in lake sediment. Limnology 14: 268-282. 

Makino W, Gong Q, Urabe J (2011) Stoichiometric effects of warming on herbivore growth: experimental test with plankters. Ecosphere 2: art. 79. 

Makino W, Knox MA, Duggan IC (2010) Invasion, genetic variation and species identity of the calanoid copepod Sinodiaptomus valkanovi. Freshwater Biology 55: 375-386 

Makino W, Tanabe AS (2009) Extreme population genetic differentiation and secondary contact in the freshwater copepod Acanthodiaptomus pacificus in the Japanese Archipelago. Molecular Ecology 18: 3699-373. 

Makino W, Ito K, Oshima Y, Urabe J (2008) Effects of Protoceratium reticulatum yessotoxin on feeding rates of Acartia hudsonica: a bioassay using artifitial particles coated with purified toxin. Harmful Algae 7: 639-645.

Activities in Academic Societies

Plankton Society of Japan, Ecological Society of Japan, Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan, Japanese Society of Limnology, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Ecological Society of America


Introductory Science Experiments

Recent Activities

I have been collecting samples of freshwater zooplankton from all over Japan, in order to examine their population genetic structure and phylogeographic characteristics. Using these samples I have also been working on developing the DNA barcode of Japanese freshwater zooplankton. I believe that these activities are helpful for the conservation of biodiversity in Japan.

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