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Laboratory of Forest Ecosystem

Naoto KAMATA (Professor)
Susumu GOTO (Associate Professor)
Toshihide HIRAO (Lecturer)
Tadashi MAEHARA (Assistant Professor)
Yoko HISAMOTO (Assistant Professor)
Satoshi SUZUKI (Assistant Professor)
Dai FUKUI (Assistant Professor)

Laboratory of Forest Functional Biology

Toshihiro YAMADA (Professor)
Shigehiro KAMODA (Associate Professor)
Dai KUSUMOTO (Lecturer)
Daisuke SAKAUE (Assistant Professor)
Hiroki INOUE (Assistant Professor)
Shuhei TAKEMOTO (Assistant Professor)

Laboratory of Forest and Human Society Relationship

Seiji ISHIBASHI (Professor)
Naoki YASUMURA (Lecturer)
Akio FUJIWARA (Assistant Professor)
Haruo SAITO (Assistant Professor)
Keisuke TOYAMA (Assistant Professor)

Laboratory of Forest and Water Resources Management

Koichiro KURAJI (Professor)
Toshiaki OWARI
(Associate Professor)
Takuya HIROSHIMA (Lecturer)
Yuko ASANO (Lecturer)
Nobuaki TANAKA (Assistant Professor)
Naoko MIURA (Assistant Professor)
Yusuke MIZUUCHI (Assistant Professor)
Takanori SATO (Project Assistant Professor)

Laboratory of Forest Ecosystem

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Naoto KAMATA (Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Ecology (Plant-animal interactions, Population ecology of forest insects, community ecology)
RESEARCH TOPICS: Forest defoliating insects and biotic and abiotic factors / Wood-boring insects with special reference to tree-killing disease / Forest decline and regime shift induced by overpopulated deer / Masting behavior and predispersal insect predation
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689
MESSAGE: I study forest decline caused by many biotic factors: ambrosia beetles, forest defoliators, and deer. I address the most fundamental questions about balance of healthy forest ecosystems and causes of various types of forest declines. Interactions among multiple trophic levels and influence of biotic and abiotic factors have been the major scopes.

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Susumu GOTO (Associate Professor)

LOCATION: Education and Research Center
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement
RESEARCH TOPICS: Genetic mechanisms of local adaptation of conifers / Inter-specific hybridization process of genus Querucs / Seedling production of conifers using a container
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 03-5841-1856, FAX. 03-5841-5494
MESSAGE: I am interested in genetic variations of forest trees. In order to understand how the traits are genetically determined, we conducted genetic analyses, nursery experiments and field investigation. I would like to apply these findings to genetic improvement and gene conservation of forest trees.

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Toshihide HIRAO (Lecturer)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Biodiversity and Community Ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Ecological consequences of deer herbivory to diversity and interaction in forest ecosystems / Phylogeography and landscape genetics of genus Acer in the mountainous regions of Japan / Patterns and processes in biological interactions between trees and rhizosphere organisms
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0494-22-0272, FAX. 0494-23-9620
MESSAGE: My researches focus on spatial and temporal dynamics of biodiversity. A primary interest is to quantify the relative importance of niche differentiation, dispersal limitation and adaptive evolution to community assembly. On larger scales, I am interested in the historical development of regional flora and fauna. Through these studies, I would like to understand why biodiversity is organized non-randomly in the environment.

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Tadashi MAEHARA (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Education and Research Center
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Insects Ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Analysis of the functions of the surface of the earth wandering beetles in the forest ecosystem / Large soil animal interaction analysis of the habitat environment. / Research on the environmental preferences of ground beetles in the forest area / Community dynamics of the surface of the earth wandering beetles associated with human-induced environmental modification
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail maehara@uf.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp , TEL. 03-5841-5498, FAX. 03-5841-5494
MESSAGE: Many of the animals are present around us usualy. But soil animal is a nocturnal, some are living in the ground, some are the smaller animal invisible. Also the day of the rain, even snow of the day, go out to the field while covered in sweat and mud. There is always excitement as a new discovery. Both went to the field, we have hope that gather people to polish the eye of science while touching the soil.

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Yoko HISAMOTO (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chiba Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest molecular ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Molecular mechanism of mass flowering in bamboos / Expression analysis of flowering genes in Abies sachalinensis / Development of DNA markers for putative hybrid species detection in Japanese dwarf bamboo
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 04-7094-0621, FAX. 04-7094-2321
MESSAGE: I am interested in specific phenomenon of forest ecology like a mass flowering of bamboos. I would like to clarify how these phenomena are controlled genetically. Particularly, analysis of molecular mechanism of flowering is my major research subject.
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Satoshi SUZUKI (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Plant ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Long term dynamics of forest tree community / Forest structure and dynamics along climatic gradient / Dynamics of "wave regenerating" forests / Regeneration of subalpine forests after severe typhoon disturbance
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0494-22-0272, FAX. 0494-23-9620
MESSAGE: We can see only a snapshot of the long history of the forest, which is always changing slowly. I'm trying to understand such a long term dynamics of natural forest by analysing current patterns and historical data of forests.

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Dai FUKUI (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Mammal Ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Effects of forest management on mammal behavior and ecology / Ecology and behavior of forest dwelling bats / Biogeography of bats in east Asia
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689
MESSAGE: My researches center on the interaction between mammals and forests. My previous work focuses primarily on the insectivorous bat that is the most diverse mammal group in the Japanese forests. Now focusing on how forest management influences the ecology and behavior of mammals.

Laboratory of Forest Functional Biology

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Toshihiro YAMADA (Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Pathology and Forest Health
RESEARCH TOPICS: Defense responses of sapwood against fungi, especially of Japanese cedar and oak trees / Resistance of pines agaist pinewood nematode / Nondestructive assessment of wood decay of living trees
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0494-22-0272, FAX. 0494-23-9620
MESSAGE: I study how trees defend themselves against microbial infection, and ecology of host-pathogen interaction, including pathogen spread and infection. Understanding host-pathogen interaction is essential to control tree diseases by genetic and silvicultural improvement.

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Shigehiro KAMODA (Associate Professor)

LOCATION: Arboricultural Research Institute
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Chemistry
RESEARCH TOPICS: Development of effective eucalypts forest management techniques in Japan / Defense responses of ezo-spruce against pathogenic fungi / Relationship between responses of trees against biotic/abiotic stress and gene expression/metabolites / Process of deserted mine reforestation and role of symbiotic microorganisms in it, and improvement of reforestation
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0558-62-0021, FAX. 0558-62-3170
MESSAGE: I am interested in introducing a eucalyptus into Japanese forestry in order to protect a Japanese forest plants (ezo-spruce, Japanese cedar, and so on). Japanese will surely need a eucalyptus with high productivity in the not-so-distant future.

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Dai KUSUMOTO (Lecturer)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Tanashi Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Pathological Tree Physiology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Resistance mechanisms of trees against pathogen and insect attacks / Signaling pathway of defense responses in trees
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 042-461-1528, FAX. 042-461-2302
MESSAGE: Induced defense is the most important mechanism to prevent pathogen invasion into tree tissues. However, the induction and mediation processes of induced defenses are not fully understood. I study defense responses of trees with an interest in the relation with signal substances.

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Daisuke SAKAUE (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Pathology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Mechanism of xylem dysfunction in wilting diseases of trees / Etiology of nursery diseases occur on sub-boreal conifer species in Japan / Wood decay of living trees in Pan-mixed natural forest in Japan
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689
MESSAGE: What is the HEALTH of trees and forests? How should we treat trees and forests to keep or promote their HEALTH? I am trying to find the solution by understanding physiology of trees, ecology of forest microorganisms and teir interactions.

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Hiroki INOUE (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Arboricultural Research Institute
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Chemistry
RESEARCH TOPICS: Development of effective eucalypts forest management techniques in Japan / Establishment of a method for enhancing secondary metabolites production in woody plants
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0558-62-0021, FAX. 0558-62-3170
MESSAGE: I am engaged in developing effective eucalypts forest management techniques in Japan. Also I am trying to establish a method for producing heartwood constituents in cultured cells of woody plants.

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Shuhei TAKEMOTO (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Tanashi Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Pathology and Microbial Ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Ecology and systematics of the genus Rosellinia and allied fungi, including root-rot pathogens
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 042-461-1528, FAX. 042-461-2302
MESSAGE: The genus Rosellinia is basically decomposers of woody litter. But, it also includes plant pathogens and endophytes. Why Rosellinia fungi have diverged ecological functions in relation to the plants? To understand their evolution, I study systematics, phylogeny, biogeography, pathology etc... of the fungi belonging to Rosellinia and allied taxa.

Laboratory of Forest and Human Society Relationship

Seiji ISHIBASHI (Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chiba Forest
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Naoki YASUMURA (Lecturer)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Tanashi Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Policy
RESEARCH TOPICS: Extension of healthy longevity and wood stoves Local development by wooden house / Change of plantation silviculture and its international comparison / Urban forest and physical activity
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 042-461-1528, FAX. 042-461-2302
MESSAGE: I think about how the forest and forestry contribute to improvement of life of the nation.

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Akio FUJIWARA (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Fuji Iyashinomori Woodland Study Center
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Informatics
RESEARCH TOPICS: Social informatics study on virtual forest experience with multimedia / Multimedia recording and measuring forest and its applications
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0555-62-0012, FAX. 0555-62-4798
MESSAGE: Thinking about the relationship between human and forest, we should consider not only physical but also informatical relationship. I guess it gets more important informatical relationship than phisical in contemporary society. I am interested in forest information in medium, mulitmedia recording and mesuring, GIS, the Internet, VR, physical computing and also social informatics study.

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Haruo SAITO (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Fuji Iyashinomori Woodland Study Center
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Policy, Ethnobiology and Commons
RESEARCH TOPICS: Natural resource conservation and public access to nature/ Collective action for forest utilization and management / Socio-ecological relationship in rural areas
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0555-62-0012, FAX. 0555-62-4798
MESSAGE: I am interested in relationship between human and nature widely, and especially in human activities, its cognition, decision and wisdom. I approach my topics from various method, such as participant observation, interview survey, literature survey, questionnaire survey and so on.

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Keisuke TOYAMA (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chiba Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Management and Planning
RESEARCH TOPICS: Profitability of forestry and planning of efficient forest management / Feasible, reasonable and eco-friendly management of planted forest
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 04-7094-0059, FAX. 04-7094-2321
MESSAGE: Japanese forestry is mainly depending on enough, rather surplus, planted forest resource, whose condition is not always appropriate for utilization. What attract my interest are how to utilize such resources effectively, and how to settle the rest in poor condition for utilization.

Laboratory of Forest and Water Resources Management

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Koichiro KURAJI (Professor)

LOCATION: Executive Office
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Interactions of Forests, Water and People, Integrated Watershed Management
RESEARCH TOPICS: Function of forests during heavy rain / Function of forests during drought event / Impact of forest recovery and forest cutting on flood discharge and low flow / Integrated watershed management / Tropical forest hydrology (Northern Thailand, Borneo and Galapagos Islands)
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 03-5841-8640, FAX. 03-5841-5494
MESSAGE: More than 70% of the land of Japan is covered by forests. Water resources and flood risk for Japanese people is depend on how forests react to the water flow path from rainfall to the river. Not only an over use but also an under use of the man-made conifer plantation forests in Japan is not only an issue of timber production but an issue of flood risk and water resources of urban citizens. Integrated watershed management is needed to realize a wise use of forests and water for each watersheds in the near future in Japan and anywhere in the world.

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Toshiaki OWARI (Associate Professor)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Management and Forestry Business
RESEARCH TOPICS: Stand-based forest management and planning / Precision forestry using geospatial information technologies / Sustainable forest management and forest certification / International forest products business and marketing
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689, LinkedIn, researchmap, ResearchGate
MESSAGE: I am working at the UTokyo Hokkaido Forest, northern Japan, where a long-term and large-scale experiment of uneven-aged mixed forest management with single-tree selection system has been conducted since 1958. I am interested in supervising graduate students working in forest management, forestry business, or other areas related to my research interests.

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Takuya HIROSHIMA (Lecturer)

LOCATION: Ecohydrology Research Institute
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest management and mensuration
RESEARCH TOPICS: Yield prediction including final cutting and thinning on national scale / Survival analysis of planted forest stand and tree population in natural forest /Trading of carbon credit generated by forest sink
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0561-82-2371, FAX. 0561-85-2838
MESSAGE: Carbon credit trading is the hot research topic our university forests have tackled head-on. I have engaged in the certification of carbon credits under the J-VER scheme in our 5 local forests by promoting thinning and collected a plenty of data about monitoring surveys and certification expenses. I welcome students who have interests in carbon credit issues and make good use of our data.

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Yuko ASANO (Lecturer)

LOCATION: The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest (also appointed to Fuji Iyashinomori Woodland Study Center)
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest and Catchment Hydrology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Water and nutrient dynamics at soil-plant continuum, hillslope, and catchment scale / Developing new methods for hydrology and hydraulic measurement at mountain stream
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0494-22-0272, FAX. 0494-23-9620
MESSAGE: I study how water runoffs when it rains on mountains based on field observations. This information is essential for the management of water resources and for the prediction of water and sediment related disasters at sloping terrain. It is very exciting to study dynamic and sophisticated natures of the natural systems.

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Nobuaki TANAKA (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Ecohydrology Research Institute
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Hydrology and Meteorology
RESEARCH TOPICS: Impacts of both climate change and ecosystem dynamics on hydrological cycling in forested area / Water and nutrient cycling studies in several tropical monsoon forest sites in SE Asia
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0561-82-2371, FAX. 0561-85-2838
MESSAGE: Based mainly on field measurements, I am investigating impacts of both climate change and ecosystem dynamics on water and nutrient cycling in forested areas. I am deploying my research sites not only to research forests of Tokyo University Forests but also to several tropical monsoon forests in South East Asia. Please contact me if you would like to know my research in more detail.
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Naoko MIURA (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Education and Research Center
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Remote Sensing, LiDAR, GIS for Ecology & Forestry
RESEARCH TOPICS: Analysis of 3D forest structure using airborne laser scanning / The utility of LiDAR for recovering ecological variables / Terrestrial laser scanning of mountain channels
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 03-5841-1703, FAX. 03-5841-5494
MESSAGE: My goal has been to help in forming conservation strategies and contribute to maintaining biodiversity. I am interested in the application of geospatial technology such as Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecology.

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Yusuke MIZUUCHI (Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Ecohydrology Research Institute
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Landscape Planning
RESEARCH TOPICS: Landscape evaluation by using spatial information technologies, such as GIS / The history of the legislative system related with forest landscape
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail , TEL. 0561-82-2371, FAX. 0561-85-2838
MESSAGE: Landscape is what I am interested in. It is the result of human-environment interaction and, is also a phenomenon. The concept of landscape includes natural environment as well as the value of the history, culture and so on. Hence the study focuses are on the relationship between human and environment, especially, the way of perception of environment as landscape and how to grab it.

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Takanori SATO: (Project Assistant Professor)

LOCATION: Ecohydrology Research Institute (Project Assistant Professor)
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Forest Hydrology and Meteotology
RESEARCH TOPICS: The effect of thinning of Japanese cypress plantation on water cycle and soil discharge / The influence of Japanese oak wilt in a warm-temperate secondary forest stand in Tokai District on forest ecohydrology and carbon cycle.
CONTACT DETAILS: E-mail: , Tel: 0561-82-2371, Fax: 0561-85-2838
MESSAGE: When I was a student, my main study field was tropical monsoon forest in northern Thailand. I conducted sap flow measurement to reveal the transpiration seasonality and how to estimate the amount of transpiration in teak plantation. Now, I conduct to hydrological and meteorological observation in a warm-temperate secondary forest and Japanese cypress plantation in Aichi prefecture Japan. I want to know the relationship between forest structure and water cycle based on field ecohydrological observation.

Ecological consequences of deer herbivory to diversity and interaction in forest ecosystems / Phylogeography and landscape genetics of genus Acer in the mountainous regions of Japan / Patterns and processes in biological interactions between trees and rhizosphere organisms