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Dr. Shinichi Kobara
Shinichi Kobara
(979) 845-4089
Eller O&M 609
Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 609 MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. Geography, Texas A&M University

M.Eng. Biological Oceanography, Soka University of Japan, 2000

B.S. Bio-engineering, Soka University of Japan, 1998



Shinichi Kobara

Associate Research Scientist

Research Interests

  • Environmental Spatial Planning
  • Spatial analytical & geo-visualization development
  • Seascape ecology (reef fish spawning site prediction model)
  • Geospatial fishery/ocean information systems & decision support tools

Selected Publications

Kobara, S., W.D. Heyman, S.J. Pittman, and R.S. Nemeth. 2013. The biogeography of transient reef fish spawning aggregations in the Caribbean: a synthesis for future research and management. Oceanography and Marine Biology Annual Review 51.

Heyman, W. D. and S. Kobara. 2011 Snapper and grouper assemblages of Belize: potential impacts from oil drilling. In: Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. (eds.), Too Precious to Drill: the Marine Biodiversity of Belize, pp. 43-47. Fishery Centre Research Reports 19(6). Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia [ISSN 1198-6727]

Heyman, W. D. and S. Kobara. 2011 Ch. 26: Geomorphology of reef fishspawning aggregations in Belize and the Cayman Islands (Caribbean). In: Harris, P. T. and Baker, E. K. (eds.),Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats. Elsevier, Amsterdam

Additional Information

Recent synergistic academic activities

2013- Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge map with The Nature Conservancy of Texas

2011 - Engaged in Penaeid shrimp fishing intensity pattern analysis for the Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf with LGL Ecological Research Associates, Inc.(Paper in preparation)

2010 - Work with the Scripps institution of oceanography UC San Diego, Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparaja and local fishermen and students in La Paz, Mexico. Mapped around Los Islotes, Espíritu Santo to provide conservation and management support. (Paper in preparation)

2010 - Creating data portal site for Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Products: Bathymetry, Phytoplankton time series.

Geospatial skills

  • Spatial statistics with GIS and R (Hot spot analysis, OLS, GWR, Kriging)
  • Spatial analysis with ArcGIS spatial/3D/geostatistical analyst extensions, ENVI/IDL and Geospatial Modeling Environment (including classification, change-detection, and spatial clustering)
  • Analytical model tool development in Python
  • Development of Frameworks for web based map application with ArcGIS JavaScript API, PostgreSQL and ArcGIS for Server 10.x
  • Spatial database management with MS SQL Server and PostgreSQL
  • Administration of ArcGIS for Server 10.x for Windows and Linux
  • Real-time tracking with ArcGIS tracking server system
  • Compiling and organized spatial data and FGDC compliant metadata
  • Spatial data development, manipulation, analysis and metadata documentation with ArcGIS
  • Familiar with environmental observation data, nautical charts, slocum glider data, waveglider data, coastal resources and associated classifications


Map applications

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (

  • Profile(Slocum)/Waveglider(LiquidRotobitcs Inc) tracking map
  • Buoy/mooring map with the latest information
  • Recreational boaters map application
  • Certified clean marina map
  • Hurricane tracker
  • Post-oil spill glider tracking map for NOAA ERMA Deepwater Gulf Response


Project for the Nature Conservancy

  • Lionfish distribution time-series map (

Project for the Gulf Integrated Spill Response consortium

  • Interactive driftcard tracking map (
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