Fumio Inagaki is director and principal senior scientist of the Mantle Drilling Promotion Office, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). His research interests are geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry of the ocean, with a special focus on the deep subseafloor biosphere. He uses scientific ocean drilling and the state-of-the-art transdisciplinary approaches to explore the limits of deep microbial life, ecosystem functionality, biogeochemical carbon cycling, geosphere-biosphere interactions, and planetary habitability and sustainability of the Earth and beyond. He was co-chief scientist of IODP Expeditions 329, 337 and 370. He is an associate editor of Science Advances, AAAS since 2019.
- Copernicus Medal 2019, the Copernicus Gessellschaft e.V., EGU General Assembly, 2019
- Cozzarelli Prize (Category IV, PNAS), National Academy of Science, 2018
- Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize (Taira Prize), AGU, 2015
- JSPS Funding Program for Next Generation of World-Leading Researchers, 2010-2013
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Germany, 2005-2006
- Ijiri, A., Inagaki, F., Kubo, Y., Adhikari, R.R., et al. (2018). Deep-biosphere methane production stimulated by geofluids in the Nankai accretionary complex. Science Advances, 4(6), eaao4631. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao4631
- Inagaki, F., Hinrichs, K-U., Kubo, Y., Bowles, M.W., et al. (2015). Exploring deep microbial life down to ~2.5 km below the ocean floor. Science, 349(6246), 420-424. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa6882
- D’Hondt, S., Inagaki, F., Zarikian, C. A., Abrams, L. J., et al. (2015). Presence of oxygen and aerobic communities from seafloor to basement in deep-sea sediment. Nature Geoscience, 8, 299-304.
- Lipp, J.S., Morono, Y., Inagaki, F., & Hinrichs, K-U. (2008). Significant contribution of Archaea to extant biomass in marine subsurface sediments. Nature International Journal of Science, 454, 991-994.
- Inagaki, F., Nunoura, T., Nakagawa, S., Teske, A., Lever, M., Lauer, A., et al. (2006) Biogeographical distribution and diversity of microbes in methane hydrate-bearing deep marine sediments on the Pacific Ocean Margin. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 103(8), 2815-2820. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0511033103
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