Frazier MM, Helmkampf M, Bellinger MR, Geib S, Takabayashi, M (2017)                 

    De novo metatranscriptome assembly and coral gene expression       

    profile of Montipora capitata with growth anomaly. BMC Genomics

Caldwell,Takabayashi et al. (2016). Hawai’i Coral Disease Database (HICORDIS):

   species-specific coral health data from across the Hawaiian               

   archipelago. Data in Brief. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2016.07.025                   

Claar, D. C., and Takabayashi, M. (2015). The effects of growth anomaly on    

    susceptibility of Montipora capitata to turf algal overgrowth. Marine and               

   Freshwater Research , 

Burns, JHD, Delparte, D., Gates, RD, Takabayashi, M (2015) Integrating                

    structure-from-motion photogrammetry with geospatial software as a    

    novel technique for quantifying 3D ecological characteristics of coral

    reefs.PeerJ 3:e1077

Burns, J.R., Gregg, T.M., Takabayashi, M. (2013) Does coral disease

   affect Symbiodinium? Investigating the impacts of coral growth

   anomaly on symbiont photophysiology. PLoS One 8(8): e72466

Spies, N.P., Takabayashi, M. (2013). Expression of galaxin and

   oncogene homologs in growth anomaly in the coral,

   Montipora  capitata. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 104: 249-256

Takabayashi, M. Adams, L.M., Pochon, X., Gates, R.D. (2012)

    Genetic diversity of free-living Symbiodinium in surface water and

    sediment of Hawai‘i and Florida. Coral Reefs 31:157-167

Burns, J.R., Takabayashi, M. (2011)

    Histopathology of growth anomaly affecting the coral, Montipora

    capitata: Implications on biological functions and population

    viability. PLoS One

Burns, J.R., Rozet, N.K., Takabayashi, M. (2011) Morphology, 

   severity, and distribution of growth anomalies in the coral,  

   Montipora  capitata, at Waiʻōpae, Hawai‘i. Coral Reefs 30: 819-826         

Stat, M., Bird, C.E., Pochon, X., Chasqui, L., Chauka, L.J.,   

    Concepcion, G.T., Logan, D., Takabayashi, M., Toonen, R.J., 

    Gates. R.D. (2011) Variation in Symbiodinium ITS2 sequence

    assemblages among coral colonies. PLoS One

Pochon, X., Stat, M., Takabayashi, M., Chasqui, L., Jones, L.,  Logan,

    D.K., Gates. R.D. (2010) Comparison of endosymbiotic and free-

    living Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae) diversity in a Hawaiian reef

    environment. Journal of Phycology 46: 53-65.

Pagarigan, L.K., Takabayashi M. (2010). Reference gene selection for qRT-PCR analysis of the Hawaiian coral Pocillopora meandrina subjected to elevated levels of temperature and nutrient. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium:169-173.

Takabayashi, M., Gregg, T.M., Farah, E., Burns, J., Teves, K., Cody, N.H. (2010) The prevalence of skeletal growth anomaly and other afflictions in scleractinian corals at Wai‘ōpae, Hawai‘i. Proceedings of 11th International Coral Reef Symposium: 820-824.

Adams, L.M., Cumbo, V.R., Takabayashi, M. (2009). Exposure to sediment enhances primary acquisition of Symbiodinium by asymbiotic coral larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 377: 149-156.

Olson, N.D., Ainsworth, T.D., Gates, R.D., Takabayashi, M. (2009). Diazotrophic bacteria associated with Hawaiian Montipora corals: Diversity and abundance in correlation with symbiotic dinoflagellates. Journal of Experimental Marine Ecology and Biology 371: 140-146.

Smith, J.E., Kuawabara, J., Coney, J., Flanagan, K., Beets, J., Brown, D., Stanton, F., Takabayashi, M., duPlessis, S., Griesemer, B.K., Barnes, S., Turner, J.P.(2008) Unusual cyanobacterial bloom in Hawai‘i. Coral Reefs 27(4): 851

Takabayashi, M., Lew, K., Johnson, A., Marchi, A., Dugdale, R., Wilkerson, F.P. (2006) The effect of nutrient availability and temperature on chain length of the diatom, Skeletonema costatum. J. Plankton Res. 28(9): 831-840.

Takabayashi, M., Wilkerson, F.P., Robertson, D. (2005). Response of glutamine synthetase gene transcription and enzyme activity to external nitrogen sources in diatoms. J. Phycol. 41(1):84-94.

Takabayashi, M., Santos, S., Cook, C.B. (2004). Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of the symbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium, Dinophyta). Journal of Phycology 40(1): 160-164.

Takabayashi, M., Carter, D.A., Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (2003). Genetic variation of the scleractinian coral, Stylophora pistillata from western Pacific. Coral Reefs 22:17-22.

Martinez, L.M., McKenzie, J., Takabayashi, M., Smith, C.R., Chen, C.A. (2003). Difficulties obtaining microsatellites in Acroporid corals. Proc. 9th Int.  Coral Reef Symp. 1: 139-144.

Van Oppen, M.J.H., Wörheide, G., Takabayashi, M. (2003). Nuclear markers in evolutionary and population genetic studies of scleractinian corals and sponges. Proc. 9th Int.  Coral Reef Symp. 1:131-138.

Takabayashi, M., Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (2000). Effects of in situ nutrient enrichment on photobiology of the coral, Stylophora pistillata. Mejalah Ilmu Kelautan 18(v): 72-90.

Takabayashi, M., Carter, D.A., Ward, S., Hoegh-Guldberg, O.  (1998b).  Inter- and Intra-specific variability in ribosomal DNA sequence in the internal transcribed spacer region of corals.  Proc. Aust. Coral Reef Soc: 237-244.

Takabayashi, M., Carter, D.A., Loh, W.K.W., Hoegh-Guldberg, O.  (1998a). A coral-specific primer for PCR amplification of the internal transcribed spacer region in ribosomal DNA.  Molecular Ecology 7: 928-930.

Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Takabayashi, M., Moreno, G.  (1996).  The impact of long-term nutrient enrichment on coral calcification and growth.  Proceedings of Eighth International Coral Reef Symposium, Panama. 1: 861-866.

Dove, S., Takabayashi, M., Hoegh-Guldberg, O.  (1995).  Isolation and partial characterization of the pink and blue pigments of Pocilloporid and Acroporid corals.  Biol. Bull.  189: 288-297.

Takabayashi, M., Hoegh-Guldberg, O. (1995).  Ecological and physiological differences between two morphs of the coral, Pocillopora damicornisMar. Biol. 123: 705-714.


Dr. Misaki Takabayashi

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Marine Science Department

University of Hawaii at Hilo


PhD in Marine Studies

(Univ. of Queensland, Australia)

MSc in Biology

(University of Sydney, Australia)

BSc with Honours in Biology(University of Sydney, Australia)


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