By Development Communication Section
AQD’s new Deputy Chief, Dr. Takuro Shibuno, 56 years old, is a scientist at the FRA-NRIA of Japan (Fisheries Research Agency – National Research Institute of Aquaculture) with expertise on ecology of reef fishes and conservation ecology of coral reefs & rocky reefs. Before being seconded to AQD, he headed NRIA’s coastal ecosystem group and worked on (1) changes in biodiversity of artificial reefs and (2) impact of ocean acidification on early development of the economically valuable gastropod Turbo cornutus. As co-author of many science papers, Dr. Shibuno has published in the Journal of Fish Biology, Marine Biology, Fisheries Science, Coastal Marine Science, Crustacean Research, among others. He has also served as head of NRIA’s project management division for four years. Dr. Shibuno is married with a 22-year old son and likes diving and lawn tennis.
Dr. Shibuno’s two-year term as Deputy Chief started on 1 April.