James Davis REIMER

updated 2015.5.17


Born in Canada on the west coast, I had planned a normal life, hoping to be a marine biologist (or something dinosaur-related if you asked me at the right age) near home. Attended UBC, graduated in ecology in 1995, and came to Japan for six months...

Still here.

Have lived and done research in most parts of Japan except Hokkaido, including stints at Kagoshima University, JAMSTEC, and the Biological Institute on Kuroshio. Okinawa is now home, and with its diverse reefs and subtropical weather, makes an excellent research base.


LIKES  rock, dives, travel, books, cheese, izakayas.

FROM  Canada (brrr...)

JOBS  Associate Professor in Biology Dept. @ University of the Ryukyus.

RESEARCH   zoantharians & palytoxin, diversity & evolution, zooxanthellae, coastal degradation

ASSOCIATE EDITOR @: Zoological Studies, Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.


  1. 1.Javier Montenegro, Frederic Sinniger, James Davis Reimer. 2015. Unexpected diversity and new species in the sponge-Parazoanthidae association in southern Japan. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (in press).

  2. 2.Yu Miyazaki, James Davis Reimer. 2015. A new genus and species of octocoral with aragonite calcium-carbonate skeleton (Octocorallia, Helioporacea) from Okinawa, Japan. ZooKeys (in press).

  3. 3.Javid Kavousi, James Davis Reimer, Yasuaki Tanaka, Takashi Nakamura. Colony-specific investigations reveal highly variable responses among individual corals to ocean acidification and warming. Marine Environmental Research (in press).

  4. 4.Yuka Irei, Frederic Sinniger, James Davis Reimer. 2015. Descriptions of two azooxanthellate Palythoa (Order Zoantharia: Subclass Hexacorallia) species from the Ryukyu Archipelago, southern Japan. ZooKeys 478: 1-26.

  5. 5.James Davis Reimer, Sung-yin Yang, Kristine N. White, Ryuji Asami, Kazuhiko Fujita, Chuki Hongo, Shingo Ito, Iori Kawamura, Bun Maeda, Masaru Mizuyama, Masami Obuchi, Takashi Sakamaki, Katsunori Tachihara, Maiko Tamura, Akira Tanahara, Aika Yamaguchi, Holger Jenke-Kodama. 2015. Effects of causeway construction on environment and biota of subtropical tidal flats in Okinawa, Japan. Marine Pollution Bulletin (in press).