Takeda, N., Kashima, M., Odani, S., Uchiyama, Y., Kamidaira, Y.,  Mitarai, S. Identification of coral spawn source areas around Sekisei Lagoon for recovery and poleward habitat migration by using a particle-tracking model. Scientific Reports.

Chuang, P.-S., Ishikawa, K., Mitarai S., Morphological and genetic recovery of coral polyps after bail-out. Frontiers in Marine Science


Brisbin, M. M., Conover, A. E., Mitarai, S. Influence of Regional Oceanography and Hydrothermal Activity on Protist Diversity and Community Structure in the Okinawa Trough. Microbial Ecology

Chuang, P-S., Mitarai, S., Signaling pathways in the coral polyp bail-out response. Coral Reefs. 

Brisbin, M. M., Brunner, O. D., Grossmann, M. M., Mitarai, S., Paired high-throughput, in-situ imaging and high-throughput sequencing illuminate acantharian abundance and vertical distribution. Limnology and Oceanography.

Wepfer, P. H., Nakajima, Y., Sutthacheep, M., Radice, V. Z., Richards, Z., Ang, P., Terraneo, T., Sudek, M., Fujimura, A., Toonen, R. J., Mikheyev, A. S., Economo, E. P., Mitarai, S. Evolutionary biogeography of the reef-building coral genus Galaxea across the Indo-Pacific ocean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Le Gal, M., Mitarai, S., Reef influence quantification in light of the 1771 Meiwa tsunami. Ocean & Coastal Management.

Levin, L. A., Wei, C. L., Dunn, D. C., Amon, D. J., Ashford, O. S., Cheung, W. W. L., Colaco, A., Dominiguez-Carrio, C., Escober E. G., Harden-Davies, H. R., Drazen, J., Ismail, K., Jones, D. O. B., Johnson, D.E.,  Le, J. T., Lejzerowicz, F., Mitarai, S., Morato, T., Mulsow, S., Snelgrove, P. V. R., Sweetman, A.K., Yasuhara, M., Climate change considerations are fundamental to management of deep‐sea resource extraction. Global Change Biology

Ares, A*., Brisbin. M. M*., Sato, K. N, Martin J. P., Iinuma, Y., Mitarai, S., Extreme storms cause rapid but short-lived shifts in nearshore subtropical bacterial communities. Environmental Microbiology * equal contribution

Wepfer, P. H., Nakajima, Y., Hui, F. K. C., Mitarai, S., Economo, E. P. Metacommunity ecology of Symbiodiniaceae hosted by the coral Galaxea fascicularis. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Price, N. N., Muko, S., Legendre, L., Steneck, R., van Oppen, M. J. H., Albright, R., Ang Jr., P., Carpenter, R. C., Chui, A. P. Y., Fan, T.-Y., Gates, R. D., Harii, S., Kitano, H., Kurihara, H., Mitarai, S., Padilla-Gamiño, J. L., Sakai, K., Suzuki, G., Edmunds, P. J. Global biogeography of coral recruitment: tropical decline and subtropical increase. Marine Ecology Progress Series.


Brisbin, M. M. and Mitarai, S. Differential Gene Expression Supports a Resource-Intensive, Defensive Role for Colony Production in the Bloom-Forming Haptophyte, Phaeocystis globosa. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology.

Gavelis, G. S., Herranz, M., Wakeman, K. C., Ripken, C., Mitarai, S., Gile, G. H., Keeling, P. J., Leander, B. S. Dinoflagellate nucleus contains an extensive endomembrane network, the nuclear net. Scientific Reports.


Nakajima, Y., Chuang, P-S.,  Ueda, N., Mitarai, S. First evidence of asexual recruitment of Pocillopora acuta in Okinawa Island using genotypic identification. PeerJ

Guest, J. R., Edmunds, P. J., Gates, R. D., Kuffner, I. B., Andersson, A. J., Barnes, B. B., Chollett, I.,  Courtney, T. A., Elahi, R., Gross, K., Lenz, E. A., Mitarai, S., Mumby, P. J., Nelson, H. R., Parker, B. A., Putnam, H. M., Rogers, C. S., Toth, L. T. A framework for identifying and characterizing coral reef “oases” against a backdrop of degradation. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Monismith, S. G., Barkdull, M. K., Nunome, Y., Mitarai, S. Transport Between Palau and the Eastern Coral Triangle: Larval Connectivity or Near Misses. Geophysical Research Letters.

Brisbin, M. M., Mesrop, L. Y., Grossmann, M. M., Mitarai, S. Intra-host Symbiont Diversity and Extended Symbiont Maintenance in Photosymbiotic Acantharea (Clade F). Frontiers in Microbiology

Edmunds, P. J., McIlroy, S. E., Adjeroud, M., Ang, P., Bergman, J. L., Carpenter, R. C., Coffroth, M. A., Fujimura, A. G., Hench, J. L., Holbrook, S. J., Leichter, J. J., Muko, S., Nakajima, Y., Nakamura, M., Paris, C. B., Schmitt, R. J., Sutthacheep, M., Toonen, R. J., Sakai, K., Suzuki, G., Washburn, L., Wyatt, A. S. J., Mitarai, S. Critical Information Gaps Impeding Understanding of the Role of Larval Connectivity Among Coral Reef Islands in an Era of Global Change. Frontiers in Marine Science

Mullineaux, L. S., Metaxas, A., Beaulieu, S. E., Bright, M., Gollner, S., Grupe, B. M., Herrera, S., Kellner, J., Levin, L. A., Mitarai, S., Neubert, M. G., Thurnherr, A. M., Tunnicliffe, V., Kayama Watanabe, H., and Yong-Jin, W. Exploring the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in a metacommunity framework. Frontiers in Marine Science.


Nakajima, Y., Wepfer, P. H., Suzuki, S., Zayasu, Y., Shinzato, C., Satoh, N., and Mitarai S. Microsatellite markers for multiple Pocillopora genetic lineages offer new insights about coral populations. Scientific Reports

Nakajima, Y., Shinzato, C., Khalturina, M., Nakamura, M., Watanabe, H. K., Nakagawa, S., Satoh, N., and Mitarai, S. Isolation and characterization of novel polymorphic microsatellite loci for the deep-sea hydrothermal vent limpet, Lepetodrilus nux, and the vent-associated squat lobster, Shinkaia crosnieriMarine Biodiversity

Nakajima, Y., Nishikawa, A., Iguchi, A., Nagata, T., Uyeno, D., Sakai, K., and Mitarai, S. Elucidating the multiple genetic lineages and population genetic structure of the brooding coral Seriatopora (Scleractinia: Pocilloporidae) in the Ryukyu Archipelago. Coral Reefs

Gavelis, G. S., Wakeman, K. C., Tillmann, U., Ripken, C., Mitarai, S., Herranz, M., Özbek, S., Holstein, T., Keeling, P. J. and Leander, B. S. Microbial arms race: Ballistic “nematocysts” in dinoflagellates represent a new extreme in organelle complexity. Science Advances


Mitarai, S. and McWilliams, J. C. Wave glider observations of surface winds and currents in the core of Typhoon Danas. Geophysical Research Letters

Mitarai, S., Watanabe, H., Nakajima, Y., Shchepetkin, A. F., and McWilliams, J. C. Quantifying dispersal from hydrothermal vent fields in the western Pacific Ocean. PNAS


Nakajima, Y., Zayasu, Y., Shinzato, C., Satoh, N., and Mitarai, S. Genetic differentiation and connectivity of morphological types of the broadcast-spawning coral Galaxea fascicularis in the Nansei Islands, Japan. Ecology and Evolution.

Nakamura, M., Kumagai, N. H., Sakai, K., Okaji, K., Ogasawara, K., and Mitarai, S. Spatial variability in recruitment of acroporid corals and predatory starfish along the Onna coast, Okinawa, Japan. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Nakajima, Y., Shinzato, C., Satoh, N., and Mitarai, S. Novel Polymorphic Microsatellite Markers Reveal Genetic Differentiation between Two Sympatric Types of Galaxea fascicularis. PLoS One

Nakamura, M., Chen, C., Mitarai, S. Insights into life-history traits of Munidopsis spp. from hydrothermal vent fields in the Okinawa Trough, in comparison with the existing data. Deep-Sea Research I.

Edmunds, P., Steneck, R., Albright, R., Carpenter, R., Chui, P. Y., Fan, T. Y., Harii, S., Kitano, H., Kurihara, H., Legendre, L., Mitarai, S., Muko, S., Nozawa, Y., Padillo-Gamino, J., Price, N., Sakai, K., Suzuki, G., van Oppen, M. J. H., Yarid, A., Gates, R. D., Geographic variation in long-term trajectories of change in coral recruitment: a global-to-local perspective. Marine & Freshwater Research

Grossmann, M. M., Gallager, S. M., Mitarai, S. Continuous monitoring of near-bottom mesoplankton communities in the East China Sea during a series of typhoons. Journal of Oceanography


Nakamura, M., Okaji, K., Higa, Y., Yamakawa, E., Mitarai, S. Spatial and temporal population dynamics of the crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci, over a 24-year period along the central west coast of Okinawa Island, Japan. Marine Biology.

Nakajima, Y., Shinzato, C., Khalturina, M., Watanabe, H., Inagaki, F., Satoh, N., and Mitarai, S. Cross-species, amplifiable microsatellite markers for neoverrucid barnacles from deep-sea hydrothermal vents developed using next-generation sequencing. International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Nakamura, M., Watanabe, H., Sasaki, T., Ishibashi, J., Fujikura, K., and Mitarai, S. Life history traits of Lepetodrilus nux in the Okinawa Trough, based upon gametogenesis, shell size, and genetic variability. Marine Ecology Progress Series.


White, J.,  Scholz, A., Rassweiler, A., Steinback, C., Botsford, L., Kruse, S., Costello, C., Mitarai, S., Siegel, D., Drake, P., and Edwards, C. Socioeconomics and bioeconomics in marine protected area network planning. Ocean & Coastal Management

Harrison, C., Siegel, D., Mitarai, S. Filamentation and eddy−eddy interactions in marine larval accumulation and transport. Marine Ecology Progress Series


Watson, J., Kendall, B., Siegel, D. and Mitarai, S. Changing Seascapes, Stochastic Connectivity, and Marine Metapopulation Dynamics. American Naturalist 


Nakamura, M., Morita, M., Kurihara, H. and Mitarai, S. Expression of hsp 70, hsp 90, hsf1 in the reef coral Acropora digitifera under prospective acidified conditions over the next several decades. Biology Open

Watson, J., Hays, C., Raimondi, P., Mitarai, S., Dong, C., McWilliams, J., Blanchette, C., Caselle, J. and Siegel, D., Currents connecting communities: nearshore community similarity and ocean circulation. Ecologyhttp://

Alberto, F., Raimondi, P., Reed, D., Watson, J., Siegel, D., Mitarai, S., Coelho, N., and Serrao, E. Isolation by oceanographic distance explains genetic structure for Macrocystis pyrifera in the Santa Barbara Channel, Molecular Ecology


Ohlmann, J. C. and Mitarai, S. Lagrangian assessment of simulated surface current dispersion in the coastal ocean. Geophysical Research Letters.

Selkoe, K. A., Watson, J. R., White, C., Horin, T. B., Iacchei, M., Mitarai, S., Siegel, D. A., Gaines, S. D. and Toonen, R. J. Taking the chaos out of genetic patchiness: seascape genetics reveals ecological and oceanographic drivers of genetic patterns in three temperate reef species. Molecular Ecology.

Watson, J. R., Mitarai, S., Siegel, D. A., Caselle, J. E., Dong, C. and McWilliams, J. C. Realized and potential larval connectivity in the Southern California Bight. Marine Ecology Progress Series

Berkley, H. A., Kendall, B. E., Mitarai, S. and Siegel, D. A. Turbulent dispersal promotes species coexistence. Ecology Letters


Mitarai, S., Siegel, D. A., Watson, J. R., Dong, C. and McWilliams, J. C. Quantifying connectivity in the coastal ocean with application to the Southern California Bight. Journal of Geophysical Research–Oceans