Hidetoshi Urakawa obtained his Ph.D. degree with a study of Vibrios at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1998, and he continued his research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, and the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. His fields of interest are environmental microbiology and microbial ecology. He studied molecular microbial ecology and emphasized especially on the DNA microarray technology. In his early professional career, Urakawa studied the nitrogen cycle and the problem of eutrophication and dead zones (i.e., oxygen depletion) at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan, and the University of Tokyo in Japan. Again, he returned to USA and joined some projects of ammonia‐oxidizing archaea at Dave Stahl's Laboratory at the University of Washington as a Visiting Scientist. Urakawa has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Marine and Ecological Science at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), South Fort Myers, FL, USA, since 2010. At FGCU, he studies biogeochemical cycles in Southwest Florida, interaction between microorganisms and other marine life (i.e., symbiosis and competition), and biological and engineering water qualification technology as reducing means of human disturbance of aquatic environment (i.e., eutrophication and contamination of chemicals). He teaches two courses, marine systems (oceanography) and microbial ecology, at FGCU.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2013