James Davis Reimer

University of the Ryukyus, Japan

James Davis Reimer's research focuses the biodiversity of understudied marine invertebrate groups (so-called "minor taxa") , primarily benthic cnidarians including zoanthids and their endosymbionts, as well as octocorals, from shallow tropical coral reefs to the deep sea. He received his B. S. degree in ecology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1995, and subsequently received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Kagoshima University, Japan in 2001 and 2004, respectively. Since then, he has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at JAMSTEC and the Biological Institute on Kuroshio, examining specimens from both the deep sea and coral reef ecosystems. Since 2007, he has been based at the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Rising Star Program. Recent research has focused on using molecular methods (primarily DNA phylogeny and barcoding) combined with traditional morphological techniques to allow a new understanding of "minor taxa" biodiversity, taxonomy, and zoogeography. Students conducting research in his laboratory are describing and recording the distribution and ecology of several new taxonomic groups, and reassessing current taxonomic classification and diversity of zoanthids, octocorals, comatulids, and dinoflagellates. For details, please visit http://web.me.com/miseryukyu/.

Biography Updated on 12 January 2011

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