Sato Shinya



Affiliation Faculty of Marine Science and Technology / Department of Marine Bioscience
Title Professor
Room Faculty of Marine Science and Technology 504 (Extension1504)
E-mail ssato ( at = @ )
Education University of Bremen
Academic Societies British Phycological Society
International Society of Diatom Research
Japanese Society of Diatomology
Japanese Society of Phycology
Career 2008 Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
2009 Kochi University, Japan
2010 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK/Cardiff University, UK
2013 Yamaguchi University, Japan
2014 Fukui Prefectural University

Research Interest

Research Field Evolution and diversity of diatoms
Research Summary
Keywords Microalgae, diatom, evolution, phylogeny, sex

Selected Publications

[Reviewed paper]

59) Ban H, Sato S, Yoshikawa S, Yamada K, Nakamura Y, Ichinomiya M, Sato N, Blanc-Mathieu R, Endo H, Kuwata A & Ogata H (2023) Genome analysis of Parmales, the sister group of diatoms, reveals the evolutionary specialization of diatoms from phago-mixotrophs to photoautotrophs. Communications Biology 6: 697.

58) Kamakura S, Ashworth MP, Yamada K, Mikami D, Kobayashi A, Idei M & Sato S* (2022) Morphological plasticity in response to salinity change in the euryhaline diatom Pleurosira laevis (Bacillariophyta). Journal of Phycology 58: 631-642. *Corresponding author

57) 麦倉佳奈, Eldrin DLR Arguelles, 鎌倉史帆, 大塚泰介, 佐藤晋也* (2022) ミズワタクチビルケイソウCymbella janischiiの近畿地方からの初産出およびその生細胞の形態観察. DIATOM 38: 49-53. *Corresponding author

56) Ikehata K, Nakamura N, Kulkarni HV, Zhao Y, Maleky N, Sato S, & Gao H (2022) Isolation and evaluation of brackish diatoms for the photobiological treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate. AQUA 71: 1083-1094.

55) Idei M, Toyoda K, Osada K & Sato S* (2021) Fine structural observation on the frustule of the genus Hydrosera with special emphasis on hitherto-unknown silicified structure. Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft 151: 67-83. *Corresponding author

54) Lobban CS, Majewska R, Ashworth M, Bizsel N, Bosak S, Kooistra WHCF, Lam DW, Navarro NJ, Pennesi C, Sato S, Van de Vijver B & Witkowski A (2021) Diatom genus Hyalosira (Rhabdonematales emend.) and resolution of its polyphyly in Grammatophoraceae and Rhabdonemataceae with a new genus, Placosira, and five new Hyalosira species. Protist 172: 125816.

53) Kamakura S, Mann DG, Nakamura N & Sato S* (2021) Inheritance of spheroid body and plastid in the raphid diatom Epithemia (Bacillariophyta) during sexual reproduction. Phycologia 60: 265-273. *Corresponding author

52) Mann DG, Trobajo R, Sato S, Li C, Witkowski A, Rimet F, Ashworth MP, Hollands RM & Theriot EC (2021) Ripe for reassessment: a synthesis of available molecular data for the speciose diatom family Bacillariaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 158: 106985.

51) Sato S, Nanjappa D, Dorrell RG, Jimenez Vieira FR*, Kazamia E, Tirichine L, Veluchamy A, Heilig R, Aury J-M, Jaillon O, Wincker P, Fussy Z, Obornik M, Muñoz-Gómez SA, Mann DG, Bowler C & Zingone A (2020) Genome enabled phylogenetic and functional reconstruction of an araphid pennate diatom Plagiostriata sp. CCMP470, previously assigned as a radial centric diatom, and its bacterial commensal. Scientific Reports 10: 9449.

50) Kelly MG, Juggins S, Mann DG, Sato S, Glover R, Boonham N, Sapp M, Lewis E, Hany U, Kille P, Jones T & Walsh K (2020) Development of a novel metric for evaluating diatom assemblages in rivers using DNA metabarcoding. Ecological Indicators 118: 106725.

49) Yamada K, Sato S, Yamazaki M, Yoshikawa H, Kuwata A & Ichinomiya M (2020) Research note: New clade of silicified bolidophytes that belong to Triparma (Bolidophyceae, Stramenopiles). Phycological Research 68: 178-182.

48) Kahlert M, Kelly MG, Mann DG, Rimet F, Sato S, Bouchez A & Keck F (2019) Connecting the morphological and molecular species concept to facilitate species identification within the genus Fragilaria (Bacillariophyta). Journal of Phycology 55: 948-970.

47) Dąbek P, Ashworth MP, Górecka E, Krzywda M, Bornman TG, Sato S & Witkowski A(2019) Towards a multigene phylogeny of the Cymatosiraceae (Bacillariophyta, Mediophyceae) II: Morphological and molecular insight into taxonomy of forgotten species Campylosira africana and genus Extubocellulus, with description of two new taxa. Journal of phycology 55: 425-441.

46) Yamada K, Katsura H, Noël MH, Ichinomiya M, Kuwata A, Sato S & Yoshikawa S (2019) Ontogenetic analysis of siliceous cell wall formation in Triparma laevis f. inornata (Parmales, Stramenopiles). Journal of phycology 55: 196-203.

45) Kamakura S & Sato S* (2018) Note: Morphology and phylogeny of 2 strains of Epithemia collected from Nakaikemi Wetland, Fukui, Japan. Diatom 34: 68-69 (in Japanese).
*Corresponding author.

44) Li CL, Witkowski A, Ashworth MP, Dąbek P, Sato S, Zgłobicka I, Witak M, Khim JS & Kwon CJ (2018) The morphology and molecular phylogenetics of some marine diatom taxa within the Fragilariaceae, including twenty undescribed species and their relationship to Nanofrustulum, Opephora and Pseudostaurosira. Phytotaxa 355: 1–104.

43) Idei M, Sato S*, Nagumo T & Mann DG (2018) Valve morphogenesis in Diploneis smithii (Bacillariophyta). Journal of Phycology 54: 171-186.
*Corresponding author

42) Carbelleira R, Trobajo R, Leira M, Benito X, Sato S & Mann DG (2017) A combined morphological and molecular approach to Nitzschia varelae sp. nov., with discussion of symmetry in Bacillariaceae. European Journal of Phycology 52: 342-359.

41) Li CL, Ashworth MP, Witkowski A, Dąbek P, Medlin LK, Kooistra WHCF, Sato S, Zgłobicka I, Kurzydłowski KJ, Theriot EC, S.M. Sabir JSM, Khiyami MA, Mutwakil MHZ, Sabir MJ, Alharbi NS, Hajarah NH, Qing S, Jansen RK (2015) New Insights into Plagiogrammaceae (Bacillariophyta) based on multigene phylogenies and morphological characteristics with the description of a new genus and three new species. PLoS ONE 10: e0139300.

40) Rovira R, Trobajo R, Sato S, Ibáñez C & DG Mann (2015) Genetic and physiological diversity in the diatom Nitzschia inconspicua. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 62: 815-832.

39) Tawong W, Nishimura T, Sakanari S, Sato S, Yamaguchi H & Adachi M (2015) Characterization of Gambierdiscus and Coolia (Dinophyceae) isolates from Thailand based on morphology and phylogeny. Phycological Research 63: 125-133.

38) Idei M, Sato S, Nagasato C, Motomura T, Toyoda K, Nagumo T & Mann DG (2015) Spermatogenesis and auxospore structure in the multipolar centric diatom Hydrosera. Journal of Phycology 51: 144-158.

37) Poulíčková A, Sato S, Evans KM, Chepurnov VA & Mann DG (2014) Repeated evolu-tion of uniparental reproduction in Sellaphora (Bacillariophyta). European Journal of Phycology 50: 62-79.

36) Tawong W, Nishimura T, Sakanari S, Sato S, Yamaguchi H & Adachi M (2014) Distribution and molecular phylogeny of the dinoflagellate genus Ostreopsis inThailand. Harmful Algae 37: 160-171.

35) Nishimura T, Sato S, Tawong W, Sakanari H, Yamaguchi H & Adachi M (2014) Morphology of Gambierdiscus scabrosus sp. nov. (Gonyaulacales): a new epiphytic toxic dinoflagellate from coastal areas of Japan. Journal of Phycology 50: 506-514.

34) Kaczmarska I, Poulíčková A, Sato S, Edlund MB, Idei M, Watanabe T & Mann DG (2013) Proposals for a terminology for diatom sexual reproduction, auxospores and resting stages. Diatom Research 28: 263-294.

33) Nishimura T, Sato S, Tawong W, Sakanari H, Uehara K, Shah MMR, Suda S, Yasumoto T, Taira Y, Yamaguchi H & Adachi M (2013) Genetic diversity and distribution of the ciguatera-causing dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus spp. (Dinophyceae) in coastal areas of Japan. PLoS ONE 8: e60882.

32) Sato S, Nagumo T & Mann DG (2013) Morphology and life history of Amphora commutata (Bacillariophyta) I: The vegetative cell and phylogenetic position. Phycologia 52: 225-238.

31) Idei M, Sato S, Watanabe T, Nagumo T & Mann DG (2013) Sexual reproduction and auxospore structure in Diploneis papula (Bacillariophyta). Phycologia 52: 295-308.

30) Mann DG, Sato S, Rovira L & Trobajo R (2013) Paedogamy, auxosporulation and genotypic differentiation in the Nitzschia frustulum species complex (Bacillariophyta). Phycologia 52: 204-220.

29) Vanormelingen P,Vanelslander B, Sato S, Gillard J, Trobajo R, Sabbe K & Vyverman W (2013) Heterothallic sexual reproduction in the model diatom Cylindrotheca. European Journal of Phycology 48: 93-105.

28) Hariganeya N, Tanimoto Y, Yamaguchi H, Nishimura T, Tawong W, Sakanari H, Yoshimatsu T, Sato S, Preston CM & Adachi M (2013) Quantitative PCR method for enumeration of cells of cryptic species of the toxic marine dinoflagellate Ostreopsis spp. in coastal waters of Japan. PLoS ONE 8: e57627.

27) Tanimoto Y, Yamaguchi H, Yoshimatsu T, Sato S & Adachi M (2013). Effects of temperature, salinity and their interaction on growth of toxic Ostreopsis sp. 1 and Ostreopsis sp. 6 (Dinophyceae) isolated from Japanese coastal waters. Fisheries Science 79: 285-291.

26) Idei M, Osada K, Sato S, NakayamaT, Nagumo T & Mann DG (2013) Sperm ultrastructure in the diatoms Melosira and Thalassiosira and the significance of the 9 + 0 configuration. Protoplasma 250: 833-850.

25) Yamaguchi H, Yoshimatsu T, Tanimoto Y, Sato S, Nishimura T, Uehara K & Adachi M (2012) Effects of temperature, salinity andtheir interaction on growth of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf.ovata (Dinophyceae) from Japanese coastal waters. Phycological Research 60: 297-304.

24) Suzuki T, Watanabe R, Uchida H, Matushima R, Nagai H, Yasumoto T, Sato S & Adachi M (2012) LC-MS/MS analysis of novel ovatoxin isomers in several Ostreopsis strains collected in Japan. Harmful Algae 20: 81-91.

23) Idei M, Osada K, Sato S, Toyoda K,Nagumo T & Mann DG (2012) Gametogenesis and auxospore development in Actinocyclus (Bacillariophyta). PLoS ONE 7: e41890.

22) Yamaguchi H, Tanimoto Y, Yoshimatsu T, Sato S, Nishimura T, Uehara K & Adachi M (2012) Culture method and growth characteristics of marine benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis spp. isolated from Japanese coastal waters. Fisheries Science 78: 993-1000.

21) Medlin LK, Jung I & Sato S (2012) Evolution of the Diatoms. VII. Four gene Phylogeny assesses the validity of selected araphid genera. Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft 141: 505-514.

20) Sato S, Beakes G, Idei M, Nagumo T & Mann DG (2011) Novel sex cells and evidence for sex pheromones in diatoms. PLoS ONE 6: e26923.

19) Sato S, Nishimura T, Uehara K, Sakanari H, Tawong W, Hariganeya N, Smith K, Rhodes L, Yasumoto T, Taira Y, Suda S & Adachi M. (2011) Phylogeography of Ostreopsis along pacific coast, with special reference to a novel clade from Japan. PLoS ONE 6: e27983.

18) Mann DG, Poulikova A, Sato S & Evans KM (2011) Scaly incunabula, auxospore development and girdle polymorphism in Sellaphora marvanii sp. nov. (Bacillariophyceae). Journal of Phycology 47: 1368–1378.

17) Sato S, Watanabe T, Nagumo T & Tanaka J (2011) Research Note: Valve morphogenesis in an araphid diatom Rhaphoneis amphiceros (Rhaphoneidaceae, Bacillariophyta). Phycological Research 59: 236-243.

16) Mann DG, Sato S, Trobajo R, Vanormelingen P & Souffreau S (2010) DNA barcoding for species identification and discovery in diatoms. Cryptogamie Algologie 31: 557-577.

15) Sato S, Nagumo T & Tanaka J (2010) Morphological study of three marine araphid diatom species of Grammatophora Ehrenberg, with special reference to the septum structure. Diatom Research 25: 147-162.

14) Sato S (2010) Valve and girdle band morphogenesis in a bipolar centric diatom Plagiogrammopsis vanheurckii (Cymatosiraceae, Bacillariophyta). European Journal of Phycology 45: 167-176.

13) Medlin LK & Sato S (2009) Opinion: The biological reality of the core and basal group of araphid diatoms. Diatom Research 24: 503-508.

12) Sato S, Matsumoto S & Medlin LK (2009) Fine structure and 18S rDNA phylogeny of a marine araphid pennate diatom Plagiostriata goreensis gen. et sp. nov. (Bacillariophyta). Phycological Research 57: 25-35.

11) Sato S, Nagumo T & Tanaka J (2009) Chain colony formation of marine araphid diatom Grammatophora marina (Lyngbye) Kuetzing: relationship between chain shape and apical spine. The Journal of Japanese Botany 84: 106-112.

10) Bruder K, Sato S & Medlin LK (2008) Morphological and molecular investigations of naviculoid diatoms. IV. Pinnularia vs. Caloneis. Diatom 24: 1-17.

9) Sato S, Kuriyama K, Tadano T & Medlin KL (2008) Auxospore fine structure in a marine araphid diatom Tabularia parva (Bacillariophyta). Diatom Research 23: 423-433.

8) Sato S, Watanabe T, Crawford RM, Kooistra WHCF & Medlin LK (2008) Morphology of four plagiogrammacean diatoms; Dimeregramma minor var. nana, Neofragilaria nicobarica, Plagiogramma atomus and Psammogramma vigoensis gen. et sp. nov., and their phylogenetic relationship inferred from partial 28S rDNA. Phycological Research 56: 255-268.

7) Medlin LK, Sato S, Mann DG & Kooistra WHCF (2008) Molecular evidence confirms sister relationship of Ardissonea, Climacosphenia and Toxarium within the bipolar centric diatoms (Bacillariophyta, Mediophyceae) and cladistic analyses confirms that extremely elongated shape has arisen twice in the diatoms. Journal of Phycology 44: 1340-1348.

6) Sato S, Kooistra WHCF, Watanabe T, Matsumoto S & Medlin LK (2008) A new araphid diatom genus Psammoneis (Plagiogrammaceae, Bacillariophyta) gen. nov. with three new species based on SSU and LSU sequence data and morphology. Phycologia 47: 510-528.

5) Sato S, Mann DG, Matsumoto S & Medlin LK (2008) Pseudostriatella (Bacillariophyta): a description of a new araphid diatom genus based on observations of frustule and auxospore structure and 18S rDNA phylogeny. Phycologia 47: 371-391.

4) Sato S, Mann DG, Nagumo T, Tanaka J, Tadano T & Medlin LK (2008) Auxospore fine structure and variation in modes of cell size changes in Grammatophora marina (Bacillariophyta). Phycologia 47: 12-27.

3) Sato S & Medlin LK (2006) Note: Motility of non-raphid diatoms. Diatom Research 21: 473-477.

2) Sato S, Nagumo T & Tanaka J (2004) Auxospore formation and initial cell in the marine araphid diatom Gephyria media (Bacillariophyceae). Journal of Phycology 40: 684-691.

1) Sato S, Nagumo T & Tanaka J (2004) Morphology and taxonomy of marine attached diatoms in genus Grammatophora Ehrenberg (Bacillariophyceae) in Japan. The Japanese Journal of Phycology 52: 183-187.

[Non-reviewed article]

2) Idei M, Sato S & Mann DG (2020) The Amazing World of Diatoms, Sogensha, pp. 176).

1) Kelly M, Boonham N, Juggins S, Kille P, Mann D, Pass D, Sapp M, Sato S & Glover R (2018) A DNA based diatom metabarcoding approach for Water Framework Directive classification of rivers. SC140024/R, Environment Agency, Bristol. ISBN: 978-1-84911-406-6 (PDF 4.1 MB).

[PhD thesis]

Sato S. 2008. Phylogeny of araphid diatoms, inferred from morphological and molecular data. PhD Thesis. University of Bremen. PDF available from university library:

Community Engagement

- Editorial Secretary, Phycological Research (2014-2017)
- Associate Editor, Diatom Research (2011-)
- Associate Editor, DIATOM (2015-2018)
- Editor in Chief, DIATOM (2019-)

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[Awards and honours]
2011 FEMS Meeting Attendance Grant for 5th EPC in Greece
2009 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad: 2 years
2009 Young Researcher Award of the Japanese Society of Phycology
2008 BPS (The British Phycological Society) Meeting Attendance Grant for 20th IDS in Croatia
2008 Summa cum Laude (first class honour) for PhD degree in University of Bremen
2005 DAAD scholarship for doctoral research in Germany: 3 years
2004 Best poster award in 18th International Diatom Symposium
2002 Best poster award in 17th International Diatom Symposium