Faculty Members

Masumi Yamamuro/Professor/Division of Environmental Studies

Department of Natural Environmental Studies//

Career Summary

1984-1986:Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo Awarded the degree of MSc in geography for a thesis entitled "Distributions of Polychaeta, Gastropoda and Bivalvia and environmental conditions as determinants in brackish coastal lagoons in Japan".
Work supervised by Professor Yutaka SAKAGUCHI.
1986-1991:Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
Awarded the degree of DSc in geography for a thesis entitled "Role of filter-feeding bivalve on nitrogen cycling in eutrophic brackish water"
Work supervised by Professor Isao KOIKE, Ocean Research Institute, and Professor Nobuyuki YONEKURA, Department of Geography.
1991-2001:Senior researcher at Marine Geology Department, Geological Survey of Japan
2001- 2004:Senior Researcher at Institute for Marine Resources and Environment, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST (comprised of formerly independent agencies and organizations).
2004-2007: Senior researcher at Institute of Geology and Geoinformation, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST

Other experience:
1979-1981: Volunteer staff of American Field Service (Japan Branch)
1985-1987: Programming advisor at the Computer Center, University of Tokyo
1999-2001: Managing Editor of Limnology

Membership of academic societies:
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
The Japanese Society of Limnology (Councillor)
Japan Society on Water Environment
The Oceanographic Society of Japan (Ex-Councillor)
Coastal Oceanography Research Committee, The Oceanographic Society of Japan
Japan Society of Civil Engineers (Committee member of Technology assistance)
The Association of Japanese Geographers (Committee member of Planning)
Tokyo Geographical Society
Water Plant Society, Japan
Japan Society of Endocrine Disrupters Research (Councillor)
The Informal Subcommittee of LOICZ;the Joint Subcommittee of IGBP, WCRP and DIVERSITAS; the Joint Committee on Committee on Ecology and Environmental Science and Committee on Earth and Planetary Science (committee chairperson)

2000 Biwako Prize for Ecology

Educational Activities

Managing editor (1999-2001) of Limnology
Contributing editor of Aquatic Biology
Editorial committee of Ecology and Civil Engineering
Editing and managing for the publication of special issue in “Journal of Marine Systems (Volume 26, Issue 2, Pages 115-238, October 2000)”
Associate Editors-in-Chief of Landscape and Ecological Engineering

Research Activities


Yamamuro M. and Kamiya H.(2014) Elemental (C, N, P) and isotopic (d13C, d15N) signature of primary producers and their contribution to the organic matter in coastal lagoon sediment. Landscape and Ecological Engineering, 10(1), 65-75
Abe R., Watanabe H., Yamamuro M., Iguchi T. and Tatarazako N.(2013) Establishment of a short-term, in vivo screening method for detecting chemicals with juvenile hormone activity using adult Daphnia magna. Journal of Applied Toxicology, DOI 10.1002/jat.2989
Nakamura A., Takanobu H., Tamura I., Yamamuro M., Iguchi T., Tatarazako N. (2013) Verification of responses of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) to anti-androgens, vinclozolin and flutamide, in short-term assays. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 34 (5), 545-553, 10.1002/jat2934
Yamaki A., Yamamuro M. (2013) Floating-leaved and emergent vegetation as habitat for fishes in a eutrophic temperate lake without submerged vegetation, Limnology, 14 (3), 257-268, 10.1007/s10201-013-0403-2
Husana D. E., Yamamuro M. (2013) Groundwater quality in karst regions in the Philippines, Limnology, 14 (3), 293-299
Kawahata C., Yamamuro M. and Shiraiwa Y. (2013) Changes in alkaline band formation and calcification of corticated charophyte Chara globularis. SpringerPlus 2013, 2:85, DOI: 10.1186/2193-1801-2-85 Abukawa K., Yamamuro M., Kikvidze Z., Asada A., Xu C. and Sugimoto K. (2013) Assessing the biomass and distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation using multibeam echo souding in Lake Towada, Japan. Limnology, 14(1), 39-42
Xu C., Mizuno K. Asada A., Abukawa K. and Yamamuro M. (2012) 3D-view Generation and Species Classification of Aquatic Plants Using Acoustic Images, J. Marine Acoust. Soc. Jpn, 40(1), 14-26
Yamamuro M. (2012) Herbicide-induced macrophyte-to-phytoplankton shifts in Japanese lagoons during the last 50 years: consequences for ecosystem services and fisheries. Hydrobiologia, 699, 5-19
Sergey K. K., Yamamuro M., Takahara H., Alexey Y. K., Mikhail A. K., Vladislav A. B., Inna Y. S., Mikhail A. P. and Svetlana B. B. (2012) An abrupt ecosystem change in Lake Beloye, southern Western Siberia: Palaeoclimate versus local environment. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 331-332, 194-206
Sergey K. K., Takahara H., Yamamuro M., Yulia I. P., Irina V. K., Leonid B. K., Yaroslav V. K., Inna Y. S. and Natalia V. I. (2012) Regional to local environmental changes in southern Western Siberia: Evidence from biotic records of mid to late Holocene sediments of Lake Beloye. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 331-332, 177-193
Swaney D.P., Humborg C., Emeis K., Kannen A., Silvert W., Tett P., Pastres R., Solidoro C., Yamamuro M., Henocque Y. and Nicholls R. (2012) Five critical questions of scale for the coastal zone. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 96, 9-21
Kamiya, H., Ohshiro, H., Tabayashi, Y., Kano, Y., Mishima, K., Godo, T., Yamamuro. M., Mitamura, O., and Ishitobi, Y. (2010) Phosphorus release and sedimentation in three contiguous shallow brackish lakes, as estimated from changes in phosphorus stock and loading from catchment. Landscape Ecology and Management, 7, 53-64
Matsumoto, G. I., Tani, Y., Seto, K., Tazawa, T., Yamamuro, M., Watanabe, T., Nakamura, T., Takemura, T., Imura, S. and Kanda, H. (2010) Holocene paleolimnological changes in Lake Skallen Oike in the Syowa Station area of Antarctica inferred from organic components in a sediment core (Sk4C-02). Journal of Paleolimnology, 44(2), 677-693
Yamamuro, M., Hiratsuka, J., and Ishitobi, Y. (2010) What prevents Musculista senhousia from constructing byssal thread mats in estuarine environments? A case study focusing on Lake Shinji and nearby estuarine waters. Landscape and Ecological Engineering, 6, 23-28
Umezawa, Y., Komatsu, T., Yamamuro, M. and Koike, I. (2009) Physical and topographic factors affecting suspended particulate matter composition in a shallow tropical estuary. Marine Environmental Research, 68, 59-70
Tabayashi, Y. and Yamamuro, M. (2009) Changes in the impact of anthropogenic effects on river water quality during the last 50 years in Japan. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 17, 409-415
Yoshioka, K., Kamiya, H., Kano, Y., Saki, Y,, Yamamuro, M. and Ishitobi, Y. (2009) The relationship between seasonal variations of total-nitrogen and total-phosphorus in rainfall and air mass advection paths in Matsue, Japan. Atmospheric Environment, 43, 3496-3501
Bahar, M.M. and Yamamuro, M. (2008) Assessing the influence of watershed land use patterns on the major ion chemistry of river waters in the Shimousa Upland, Japan. Chemistry and Ecology, 24, 341-355
Bahar, M.M., Ohmori, H., Yamamuro, M. (2008) Relationship between river water quality and land use in a small river basin running through the urbanizing area of Central Japan. Limnology, 9, 19-26
Hiratsuka, J., Yamamuro, M., Ishitobi, Y. (2007) Long-term change in water transparency before and after the loss of eelgrass beds in an estuarine lagoon, Lake Nakaumi, Japan. Limnology, 8, 53-58
Yamamoto, M., Yamamuro,M., Tanaka, Y. (2007) The California current system during the last 136,000 years response of the North Pacific High to precessional forcing. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 405-414
Yamamuro, M., Hiratsuka, J., Ishitobi, Y., Hosokawa, S., Nakamura, Y. (2006) Ecosystem shift resulting from loss of eelgrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation in two estuarine lagoons, Lake Nakaumi and Lake Shinji, Japan. Journal of Oceanography, 62 (4), 551-558
Kimura. H., Zhiwen J., Cizdziel J., Yamamuro M., Hattori K., Azmy K. (2005) Integrated stratigraphy of the upper Neoproterozoic succession in Yunnan Province of South China: Re-evaluation of global correlation and carbon cycle. Precambrian Research, 138, 1-36
Kayanne, H., Hirota, M., Yamamuro, M., Koike, I. (2005) Nitrogen fixation of filamentous cyanobacteria in a coral reef measured using three different methods. Coral Reefs, 24 (2), 197-200
Yamamuro, M. and Kanai, Y. (2005) A 200-year record of natural and anthropogenic changes in water quality from coastal lagoon sediments of Lake Shinji, Japan. Chemical Geology, 218 (1-2), 51-61
Yamamuro, M. and Chirapart, A. (2005) Quality of the seagrass Halophilla ovalis on a Thai intertidal flat as food for the dugong. Journal of Oceanography, 61 (1) 183-186
Yamamuro, M., Aketa, K., Uchida, S. (2004) Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios of the tissues and gut contents of a dugong from the temperate coast of Japan. Mammal Study, 29 (2), 179-183
Yamamuro. M., Umezawa, Y., Koike, I. (2004) Internal variations in nutrient concentrations and the C and N stable isotope ratios in leaves of the seagrass Enhalus acoroides. Aquatic Botany, 79, 95-102
Naito, W., Jin. J., Kang. Y-S., Yamamuro. M., Masunaga. S., Nakanishi. J. (2003) Dynamics of PCDDs/DFs and coplanar-PCBs in aquatic food chain in Tokyo Bay. Chemosphere, 53, 347-362
Yamamuro, M., Kayanne, H. and Yamano, H. (2003) A15N of seagrass leaves for monitoring anthropogenic nutrient increases in coral reef ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 46(4), 452-458
Kumar, K.S., Yamamuro, M., Pitaksintorn, S., Takasuga, T., Masunaga, S. (2003) Dioxins/furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in dugongs from the Thailand coast. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 70, 198-204
Umezawa, Y., Miyajima, T., Yamamuro, M., Kayanne, H., Koike, I. (2002) Fine scale mapping of land-derived nitrogen in coral reefs by A15N in macroalgae. Limnology and Oceanography, 47 (5), 1405-1416
Kang, Y-S., Yamamuro, M., Masunaga, S., Nakanishi, J. (2002) Specific biomagnification of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula), common cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) and their prey from Lake Shinji, Japan. Chemosphere 46, 1373-1382
Yamamoto, M., Kayanne, H., Yamamuro, M. (2001) Characteristics of organic matter in lagoonal sediments from the Great Barrier Reef. Geochemical Journal, 35(6), 385-401
Yamamuro, M., Umezawa, Y., Koike, I. (2001) Seasonality in nutrient concentrations and stable isotope ratios of Halophila ovalis growing on the intertidal flat of SW Thailand. Limnology, 2, 199-206
Masunaga, S., Yao, Y., Ogura, I., Nakai, S., Kanai, Y., Yamamuro, M., Nakanishi, J. (2001) Identifying sources and mass balance of dioxin pollution in Lake Shinji basin, Japan. Environmental Science & Technology 35(10), 1967-1973
Yamamuro,M., Hiratsuka, J., Ishitobi, Y. (2000) Seasonal change in a filter-feeding bivalve Musculista senhousia population of a eutrophic estuarine lagoon. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 117-126
Sekiya, Y., Hiratsuka, J., Yamamuro, M., Oka, N., Abe, M. (2000) Diet selectivity and shift of wintering common pochards and tufted ducks in a eutrophic coastal lagoon. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 233-238
Uye, S., Shimazu, T., Yamamuro, M., Ishitobi, Y., Kamiya, H. (2000) Geographical and seasonal variations in mesozooplankton abundance and biomass in relation to environmental parameters in Lake Shinji--Ohashi River--Lake Nakaumi brackish-water system, Japan. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 193-207
Inoue, T., Yamamuro, M. (2000) Respiration and ingestion rates of the filter-feeding bivalve Musculista senhousia: implications for water-quality control. Journal of Marine Systems, (26)2, 183-192
Ishitobi, Y., Hiratsuka, J., Kuwabara, H., Yamamuro, M. (2000) Comparison of fish fauna in three areas of adjacent eutrophic estuarine lagoons with different salinities. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 171-181
Nakata, K., Horiguchi, F., Yamamuro, M. (2000) Model study of Lakes Shinji and Nakaumi --- a coupled coastal lagoon system. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 145-169
Yamamuro, M. (2000) Abundance and size distribution of sublittoral meiobenthos along estuarine salinity gradients. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 135-143
Yamamuro, M. (2000) Chemical tracers of sediment organic matter origins in two coastal lagoons. Journal of Marine Systems, 26(2), 127-134
Iizumi, H. and Yamamuro, M. (2000) Nitrogen fixation activity by periphyticblue-green algae in a seagrass bed on the Great Barrier Reef. JARQ, 34(1), 69-73
Oka, N., Yamamuro, M., Hiratsuka, J., Satoh, H. (1999) Habitat selection by wintering tufted ducks with special reference to their digestive organ and to possible segregation between neighboring populations. Ecological Research, 14, 303-315
Masunaga, S., Yao, Y., Ogura, I., Nakai, S., Kanai, Y., Yamamuro, M., Nakanishi, J. (1999) Historical contribution of different sources to environmental dioxin pollution estimated from the Lake Shinji sediment core. Organohalogen Compounds, 43, 383-386
Yamamuro, M. (1999) Importance of epiphytic cyanobacteria as food sources for heterotrophs in a tropical seagrass bed. Coral Reefs, 18(3), 263-271
Yamamuro, M. and Koike, I. (1998) Concentrations of nitrogen in sandy sediments of a eutrophic estuarine lagoon. Hydrobiologia, 386, 37-44
Yamamuro, M., Oka, N., Hiratsuka, J. (1998) Predation by diving ducks on biofouling mussel Musculista senhousia in a eutrophic estuarine lagoon. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 174, 101-106 Kawahata, H., Yamamuro, M., Ohta, H. (1998) Seasonal and vertical variations of sinking particle fluxes in the West Caroline Basin. Oceanologica Acta, 21 (4), 521-532
Yamamuro, M. and Kayanne, H. (1997) Dissolved organic nitrogen flux from coral colonies and calcareous sandy sediment. Galaxia, 13 (2), 197-205 Oka, N., Yagi, T., Yamamuro, M. (1997) Nutritional autopsy of a short-tailed albatross (Diomedea albatrus) weakened by fishhook, washed ashore in central Honshu, Japan. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 29, 67-72 Yamamuro, M., Kayanne, H. (1995) Rapid direct determination of organic carbon and nitrogen in carbonate-bearing sediments using Yanaco MT-5 CHN analyzer. Limnology & Oceanography, 40(5), 1001-1005
Yamamuro, M., Minagawa, M., Kayanne, H. (1995) Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes of primary producers in coral reef ecosystems. Limnology & Oceanography, 40 (3), 617-621
Yamamuro, M. and Koike, I. (1994) Diel change of nitrogen species in surface and overlying water of shallow eutrophic lake in summer. Limnology and Oceanography, 39 (7), 1726-1733
Yamamuro, M. and Koike, I. (1993) Nitrogen metabolism of the filter-feeding bivalve Corbicula japonica and its significance in primary production at a brackish lake in Japan. Limnology and Oceanography, 38 (5), 997-1007
Koike, I., Yamamuro, M., Pollard, P. (1993) Carbon and nitrogen budget of two ascidians and their symbiont, Prochloron, in a tropical seagrass meadow. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 44, 173-182
Yamamuro, M., Koike, I., Iizumi, H. (1993) Partitioning of the nitrogen stock in the vicinity of a Fijian seagrass bed dominated by Syringodium isoetifolium (Aschers.) Dandy. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 44, 101-115
Yamamuro, M., Nakamura, M., Nishimura, H. (1990) A method for detecting and identifying the lethal environmental factor on a dominant macrobenthos and its application to Lake Shinji, Japan. Marine Biology, 107 (3), 479-483
Nakamura, M., Yamamuro, M., Ishikawa, M., Nishimura, H. (1988) Role of the bivalve Corbicula japonica in the nitrogen cycle in a mesohaline lagoon. Marine Biology, 99 (3), 369-374
Yamamuro, M. (1988) Seasonal changes of the distributions of brackish polychaetes in Lake Shinji, Japan. The Japanese Journal of Limnology, 49 (4), 287-292

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