Fumio Inagaki



  • Advisor
  • Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration


  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3), Mantle Drilling Promotion Office


  • Japan


PhD (Geomicrobiology), Kyushu University, Japan
MSc (Molecular Genetics), Kyushu University, Japan
BSc (Agrochemistry), Kyushu University, Japan


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

Relevant Publications

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: