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Masanori Fujimoto

Research Assistant Professor, Aquatic Microbial Ecology

Program Areas

  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    Research Interests:

    • Microbial ecology
    • Aquatic ecology
    • Biogeochemical cycles
    • Metagenomics
    • Biostatistics
    • Bioinformatics

    Research Focus:

    I am a new Research Assistant Professor in the Soil and Water Sciences Department (as of January 2017). I obtained a dual Ph.D. degree in Microbiology / Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at Michigan State University in 2012. I have a strong passion in understanding fundamental ecological processes, especially in exploring factors affecting community diversity and compositions. The variability that can be observed in the structure of communities across diverse environments and over time is particularly fascinating and has significant implications for more broadly understanding fundamental ecological processes. Key topics of interest include microbial succession, microbial diversity-function relationships, partition of stochastic and deterministic factors in community formations, and the role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles. I am also interested in how human activities affect natural systems. One such example is the nutrient loadings into aquatic ecosystems. My current research involves understanding phosphorus cycles in Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) in the Everglades system. I strongly believe that the conservation of ecosystems is the most important endeavor that we as humans undertake as we progress through the early 21st century.


  • Select Publications
    • Fujimoto M, TL Marsh, and KT Scribner. 2020. Effects of Water Filtration and Temperature on Microbial Colonization and Survival of Lake Sturgeon Eggs. North American Journal of AquacultureDOI:10.1002/naaq.10169 
    • Fujimoto M, DE Carey, DH Zitomer, PJ McNamara. 2019. Syntroph diversity and abundance in anaerobic digestion revealed through a comparative core microbiome approach. Applied Microbiology and BiotechnologyDOI: 10.1007/s00253-019-09862-4
    • Fujimoto M, DE Carey, and PJ McNamara. 2018. Metagenomics reveal triclosan-induced changes in the antibiotic resistome of anaerobic digesters. Environmental Pollution. In Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.06.048
    • Fujimoto M, B Lovett, R Angoshtari, P Nirenberg, TP Loch, KT Scribner, TL Marsh. 2017. Antagonistic interactions and biofilm forming capabilities among bacterial strains isolated from the egg surfaces of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Microbial EcologyDOI: 10.1007/s00248-017-1013-z
    • Venkiteshwaran K, K Milferstedt, J Hamelin, M Fujimoto, M Johnson, DH Zitomer. 2017. Correlating methane production to microbiota in anaerobic digesters fed synthetic wastewater. Water Research. 110: 161-169
    • Fujimoto M, J Cavaletto, JR Liebig, A McCarthy, HA Vanderploeg, and VJ Denef. 2016. Spatiotemporal distribution of bacterioplankton functional groups along a freshwater estuary to pelagic gradient in Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42: 1036-1048
    • Denef VJ, M Fujimoto, M Berry, and ML Schmidt. 2016. Seasonal succession leads to habitat-dependent differentiation in ribosomal RNA:DNA ratios among freshwater lake bacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology. 7: Article606.
    • Vasquez AA, P Hudson, M Fujimoto, K Keeler, PM Armenio, and JL Ram. 2016. Eurytemora carolleeae in the Laurentian Great Lakes revealed by phylogenetic and morphological analysis. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42: 802–811
    • Failla AJ, AA Vasquez, P Hudson, M Fujimoto, and JL Ram. 2016. Morphological identification and COI barcodes of adult flies help determine species identities of chironomid larvae (Diptera, Chironomidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research. 106: 34-46.
    • Akram AC, S Noman, R Moniri-Javid, JP Gizicki, EA Reed, SB Singh, AS Basu, F Banno, M Fujimoto, and JL Ram. 2015. Development of an automated ballast water treatment verification system utilizing fluorescein diacetate hydrolysis as a measure of treatment efficacy. Water Research. 70: 404-413.
    • Failla AJ, AA Vasquez, M Fujimoto, and JL Ram. 2015. The ecological, economic and public health impacts of nuisance chironomids and their potential as aquatic invaders. Aquatic Invasions. 10 (1): 1-15.
    • Fujimoto M, GA Moyerbrailean, S Noman, JP Gizicki, ML Ram, PA Green, and JL Ram. 2014. Application of Ion Torrent sequencing to the assessment of the effect of alkali ballast water treatment on microbial community diversity. PLOS ONE. 9 (9): e107534.
    • Fujimoto M, JA Crossman, KT Scribner, and TL Marsh. 2013. Microbial community assembly and succession on Lake Sturgeon egg surfaces as a function of simulated spawning stream flow rate. Microbial Ecology. 66(3): 500-511.

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Mailing Address:
Soil and Water Sciences Department
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University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611

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