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FUKUSHIMA, Michio

 Ph.D., Senior researcher

Ecosystem Function Research Section
 Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies,
National Institute for Environmental Studies

Onogawa 16-2, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan

Research Overview

I have been studying freshwater fish and their ecological traits in an attempt to assess the health of watershed environments by using the traits as an indicator. I also study freshwater fish in order to alert people based on scientific evidence to adverse influences of human activities on the watershed environments in the early stages. The study I am currently involved in aims to elucidate fish migrations in the Mekong River basin which is twice as large as the land of Japan and supports foods and livelihoods of people living in the basin. The possible outputs of this study would be to predict potential impacts of habitat fragmentation on the freshwater fishes, to recommend practical measures to riparian countries to mitigate or minimize those impacts and to contribute to the sustainable development of this river basin.

Specialties/ Key words

Fish ecology/ freshwater fish, watershed environment, human activities, dam, Mekong

Publications since 2007 (peer reviewed)

Fukushima, M., Tomioka, N., Jutagate, T., Hiroki, M., Murata, M., Preecha, C., Avakul, P., Phomikong, P. and Imai, A. (2017). The dynamics of pico-sized and bloom-forming cyanobacteria in large water bodies in the Mekong River Basin. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189609 新着情報 updated Dec. 8

Mizumoto, H., Urabe, H., Kanbe, T., Fukushima, M. and Araki, H. (2017). Establishing an environmental DNA method to detect and estimate the biomass of Sakhalin taimen, a critically endangered Asian salmonid. Limnology. DOI:10.1007/s10201-017-0535-x オンライン公開への外部リンク 新着情報 updated Dec. 8

Rand P.S., Fukushima M. (2014). Estimating the size of the spawning population and evaluating environmental controls on migration for a critically endangered Asian salmonid, Sakhalin taimen. Global Ecology & Conservation 2: 214-225.

Fukushima M., Jutagate T., Grudpan C., Phomikong P., Nohara S. (2014). Potential effects of hydroelectric dam development in the Mekong River basin on the migration of Siamese mud carp (Henicorhynchus siamensis and H. lobatus) elucidated by otolith microchemistry. PLoS ONE 9(8): e103722. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103722 
    
Phomikong, P., Fukushima M., Sricharoendham B., Nohara S., Jutagate T. (2014) Diversity and community structure of fishes in the regulated versus unregulated tributaries of the Mekong River. River Research and Applications. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2816 

Fukushima, M. (2012) Spatially-explicit models for freshwater fishes for their conservation planning. Nakano S., T. Yahara and T. Nakashizuka editors. In: Biodiversity Observation Network in Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Further Development of Monitoring Activities. Springer.

Zimmerman, C.E., Rand, P.S., Fukushima, M., Zolotukhin, S.F. (2012) Migration of Sakhalin taimen (Parahucho perryi): evidence of freshwater resident life history types. Environmental Biology of Fishes 93:223–232
    
Baran, E., Kang, B., Chum, N., Fukushima, M., Jutagate, T., Hand, T., Hortle, K. (2012) Fish biodiversity research in the Mekong Basin. Nakano S., T. Yahara and T. Nakashizuka editors. In: Biodiversity Observation Network in Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Further Development of Monitoring Activities. Springer.

Fukushima, M., Shimazaki, H., Rand, P.S. and Kaeriyama, M. (2011) Reconstructing Sakhalin taimen Parahucho perryi historical distribution and identifying causes for local extinctions. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 140, 1-13. 

Zimmerman C.E., Rand P.S., Fukushima M., Zolotukhin S.F (2011) Migration of Sakhalin taimen (Parahucho perryi): evidence of freshwater resident life history types, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 93(2), 223-232.

Steel, E.A., R.M Hughes, A.H. Fullerton, S. Schmutz, J.A. Young, M. Fukushima, S. Muhar, M. Poppe, B.E. Feist, and C. Trautwein (2010) Are we meeting the challenges of landscape-scale riverine research? A review.
Living Review in Landscape Research 4 (http://landscaperesearch.livingreviews.org/Articles/lrlr-2010-1).

Han, M., M. Fukushima, T. Fukushima (2008) A spatial linkage between dams and non-native fish species in Hokkaido, Japan. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 17: 416-424.
    
Han, M., M. Fukushima, T. Fukushima (2008) Species richness of exotic and endangered fishes in Japan's reservoirs. Environmental Biology of Fishes 83 (4): 409-416.
    
Han M., Fukushima T., Fukushima M. (2008) Effect of damming on distribution of rainbow trout in Hokkaido, Japan. Environmental Biology of Fishes 84: 175-181.

Fukushima, M., S. Kameyama, M. Kaneko, K. Nakao and E.A. Steel (2007) Modelling the effects of dams on freshwater fish distributions in Hokkaido, Japan. Freshwater Biology 52: 1511-1524.
    
Han, M., M. Fukushima, S. Kameyama, T. Fukushima, B. Matsushita (2007) How do dams affect freshwater fish distributions in Japan? Statistical analysis of native and nonnative species with various life histories. Ecological Research 23: 735-743.
    
Kameyama, S., M. Fukushima, M. Han, M. Kaneko (2007) Spatio-temporal changes in habitat potential of endangered freshwater fish in Japan. Ecological Informatics 2: 318-327.

More information

Web site of the international workshop held in Jan. 2011 in Thailand. Advances in Science for the Sustainable Management of the Mekong River.
Go to the website

Fukushima's work was referred to in an article in the NATURE; "Dam controversy: Remaking the Mekong" NATURE 478, 305-307 (2011).
Read the article
(in the journal's website)

Last updated Dec. 8, 2017