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Sado Marine Biological Station

Sado Marine Biological Station  

Introduction to Sado Marine Biological Station

Sado Marine Biological Station (SMBS), founded in 1953, is situated on the northwestern coast of Sado Island as part of the Sado-Yahiko-Yoneyama National Park. The well-conserved environment around the station hosts a diverse variety of fauna and flora. The station, reconstructed in 1985, includes the main building, a garage, and a boathouse. The main building consists of a research building and a dormitory. The research building includes eight research laboratories, two classrooms, a library, a seminar room, and an office. The dormitory, consisting of six western style rooms, four Japanese style rooms, a dining room and two bathrooms, can accommodate 35 visitors. The station has two cars and three research boats for sampling. The station is staffed by a professor (Hironori Ando, Ph.D.), three assistant professors (Satoshi Awata, Ph.D., Midori Iida, Ph.D., and Takashi Kitahashi, Ph.D.), a technician, and two clerks.

SMBS is situated within easy reach of a variety of marine habitats such as rocky and sandy shores, and thus is ideal for marine biology education and research. Research staff have been working on reproductive endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, behavioral ecology, and aquatic ecology of fishes. The station also offers courses in marine biology for undergraduate and graduate students of Niigata University and other universities. Most courses use animals captured by students themselves in the sea using snorkeling equipment, plankton nets, or hand nets.

In Sado Island, there are three research stations of Niigata University (Field Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Agriculture; Center for Toki and Ecological Restoration; and SMBS), and we are conducting biological research and education in cooperation with the other two stations. SMBS was adopted as a Joint Usage/Education Center for Marine Biology in 2013 and is open all year for visiting scientists and students from all over the world.

Front view of the Sado Marine Biological Station

Sampling of marine organisms at the seashore of Tassha Bay