Faculty



Laboratory of Forest Ecosystem



Laboratory of Forest Functional Biology



Laboratory of Forest and Human Society Relationship



Laboratory of Forest and Water Resources Management






Laboratory of Forest Ecosystem

Naoto KAMATA (Professor)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Chiba 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. 04-7094-0621, FAX. 04-7094-2321
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.

Susumu GOTO (Associate Professor)

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LOCATION Education and Extension 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.

Toshihide HIRAO (Lecturer)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest (also appointed to Field Data Research Center)
AREA OF EXPERTISE Biodiversity and Forest Ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS Ecological consequences of deer herbivory to diversity and interactions in forest ecosystems / Ecological functions of soil microorganisms in forest plants-soil feedback / Roles of local adaptation in shaping elevational gradients in biodiversity
CONTACT DETAILS E-mail
TEL. 0494-22-0272, FAX. 0494-23-9620
Web https://en.thirao.com/
MESSAGE Understanding forest biodiversity and interactions between organisms will help us to conserve the diversity of life on Earth and to understand their ecosystem functions. I study forest biodiversity and interactions using multifaceted approaches such as field surveys, field experiments, genome analysis, and statistical modeling. I hope to use the knowledge gained to help conserve forest flora and fauna and ecosystem services.

Dai FUKUI (Lecturer)

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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.

Tadashi MAEHARA (Assistant Professor)

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LOCATION Education and Extension 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
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.

Yoko HISAMOTO (Assistant Professor)

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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.

Satoshi SUZUKI (Assistant Professor)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE Plant ecology
RESEARCH TOPICS Long term dynamics of forest tree community / Subalpine forest / Effects of a severe typhoon on forest structure and biological community / Decomposition of dead wood materials and saproxylic food web / Dynamics of "wave regenerating" forests / Forest structure and dynamics along climatic gradient
CONTACT DETAILS E-mail
TEL. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689
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.

Laboratory of Forest Functional Biology

Toshihiro YAMADA (Professor)

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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.

Shigehiro KAMODA (Associate Professor)

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LOCATION Arboricultural Research Institute (also appointed to Education and Extension Center)
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.

Dai KUSUMOTO (Lecturer)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Chiba 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. 04-7094-0621, FAX. 04-7094-2321
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.

Daisuke SAKAUE (Assistant Professor)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE Forest Pathology
RESEARCH TOPICS Etiology and control of nursery diseases / Wood decay of living trees and its nondestructive diagnosis / Influence of forest pathogenic fungi on natural regeneration of tree seedlings
CONTACT DETAILS E-mail
TEL. 0494-22-0272, FAX. 0494-23-9620
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 their interactions.

Hiroki INOUE (Assistant Professor)

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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.

Shuhei TAKEMOTO (Assistant Professor)

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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)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Tanashi Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE
RESEARCH TOPICS
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Naoki YASUMURA (Associate Professor)

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LOCATION Ecohydrology Research Institute
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. 0561-82-2371, FAX. 0561-85-2838
MESSAGE I think about how the forest and forestry contribute to improvement of life of the nation.

Haruo SAITO (Lecturer)

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LOCATION Fuji Iyashinomori Woodland Study Center
AREA OF EXPERTISE Forest Policy, Forest and culture, Ethnobotany/Ethnomycology and Commons
RESEARCH TOPICS Significance of forest culture and its conservation/ Public access to nature and its institutional background/ Collective action for contemporary forest utilization and management
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 (please refer also; https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/focus/en/features/z1304_00007.html).

Akio FUJIWARA (Assistant Professor)

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LOCATION Field Data Research 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. 03-5841-1703, FAX. 03-5841-5494
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.

Keisuke TOYAMA (Assistant Professor)

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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 / Theorization and generalization of administrative plan through examining public forest plan
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

Koichiro KURAJI (Professor)

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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, North Borneo)
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.

Toshiaki OWARI (Associate Professor)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
AREA OF EXPERTISE Forest Management and Forestry Business
RESEARCH TOPICS Data-driven forest management using digital technologies / Close-to-nature silviculture / Growth and management of old Cryptomeria japonica plantation
CONTACT DETAILS E-mail
TEL. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689 LinkedIn,researchmap, ResearchGate
MESSAGE The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest owns and manages approximately 20 thousand hectares of forestland in central Hokkaido, northern Japan, and has been implementing a management experiment called 'Rinbun Segyo Ho' (stand-based silvicultural management system) since 1958. I am interested in supervising graduate students who wish to work in forest management, planning, silviculture, or other areas related to my research interests.

Yuko ASANO (Lecturer)

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LOCATION Ecohydrology Research Institute
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. 0561-82-2371, FAX. 0561-85-2838
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.

Nobuaki TANAKA (Lecturer)

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LOCATION The University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest
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. 0167-42-2111, FAX. 0167-42-2689
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.

Naoko MIURA (Assistant Professor)

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LOCATION Fuji Iyashinomori Woodland Study 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 / Herbaceous vegetation mapping using UAV laser and imagery
CONTACT DETAILS E-mail
TEL. 0555-62-0012, FAX. 0555-62-4798
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.

Yusuke MIZUUCHI (Assistant Professor)

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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.

Yuya OTANI (Project Assistant Professor)

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LOCATION Ecohydrology Research Institute
AREA OF EXPERTISE Hydrogeology, Water Environment, Regional Studies
RESEARCH TOPICS Elucidating the effect of forest thinning on the water recharging function / Impact of glacier shrinkage on the water cycle of Mount Kenya
CONTACT DETAILS E-mail
TEL. 0561-82-2371, FAX. 0561-85-2838
MESSAGE I am project assistant professor in the Ecohydrology Research Institute. My research interests are watershed hydrogeology, stable isotope hydrology, and regional studies. As doctoral research at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, I worked on the effects of glacier shrinkage on the surrounding water environment at Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro using oxygen and hydrogen stable isotopes and regional surveys.