Satoshi Mitarai


Dr. Mitarai received a Ph. D. at the University of Washington, and conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on the role of ocean turbulence in regulating biological processes at varying spatial scales. Since moving to Okinawa, he has been developing high-resolution circulation models for the ocean circulation processes in the Okinawan sea and aims to quantify connectivity within coral reef systems and hydrothermal vent systems. Also, Dr. Mitarai has been preparing a suite of ocean observation instruments, including 300 surface-drifting buoys (Pacific Gyre Microstars) and two cutting-edge, cabled monitoring systems, which enable them to examine the model predictions in great detail

Professional Preparation 

  • 2004–2007   
    • Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for Computational Earth System Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2004            
    • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


  • 2023 July - 
    • Professor, OIST Graduate Universit
  • 2018–2023 June    
    • Associate Professor, OIST Graduate University
  • 2011–2018    
    • Assistant Professor, OIST Graduate University
  • 2009–2011      
    • Principal Investigator, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
  • 2007–2009      
    •  Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2004–2007      
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1996–1998      
    • Researcher, National Research Institute for Freshers Engineering, Japan