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Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies (CEBES)

Job title Name Research Subject
Director YAMANO Hiroya Effects of environmental change on coastal ecosystems
Senior Research Associate SATAKE Kiyoshi Studies on the classification and ecology of benthic macro-invertebrates in island streams
Senior Research Associate HIROKI Mikiya Evaluation of ecosystem functions in wetland ecosystem
Research Associate KOIDE Dai Analysis about changes in forest carbon budget according to environmental changes and evaluation of simulation results by process-based models
Research Associate ABE Hiroya Assessment of Coastal Ecosystem Response to Climate Change
Research Associate KITANO Yuko Species diversity and population genetics of hard corals
Research Associate SUZUKI Haruka Distributional changes of seaweed beds in response to climate change
Specialist TOTSU Kumiko Database and disclosure of biodiversity and ecological information
Specialist NINOMIYA Emi Public relations
Specialist SUMI Maya International/local coordination and liaison
Specialist Ishida Takahide Compliance with the access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing
Specialist NAKAJIMA Keiko HSPF Hydrological Simulation Program

Senior Principal Researcher

Job title Name Research Subject
Senior Principal Researcher TAKENAKA Akio Studies on the distribution pattern of individual species and its generation processes including among- and within-species interactions

Biodiversity Assessment and Projection Section

We will conduct research on biodiversity evaluation and projection, as well as development of conservation methods.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head(Concurrently) TAKENAKA Akio Studies on the distribution pattern of individual species and its generation processes including among- and within-species interactions
Senior Researcher ISHIHAMA Fumiko Conservation genetic study on endangered plants
Spatial ecological study on factors determining distribution and exintinction risk of endangerend plants
Senior Researcher KADOYA Taku Relationships between land-use heterogeneity and spatial distribution of indicator species at global scale
Assessment of species extinction risk integrating spatio-temporal data
Senior Researcher FUKASAWA Keita Connecting data and decision-making in ecosystem management using ecological models
Researcher TAKEUCHI Yayoi Biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asian tropical forests
Community ecology theory for mechanisms of maintenance of species diversity
Reproductive ecology of plant species
Researcher (Concurrently / Fukushima branch affiliation) YOSHIOKA Akira Biodiversity monitoring and evaluation for research on disaster environment
Research Associate FUJITA Tomohiro Research on land use scenario and ecosystem management under declining population
Research Associate YOSHIKAWA Tetsuro Studies on seed dispersal function of animals and migration ability of plants
Research Associate FUKAYA Keiichi Statistical modeling of ecological community dynamics
Research Associate TERADA Saeko The effect of change of human activities on biological communities after the nuclear power plant accident
JSPS Fellow SENZAKI Masayuki Impacts of traffic noise on biodiversity
Specialist KUMADA Nao Monitoring of avian communities and construction of regional networks in research on environment after disaster

Ecological Risk Assessment and Control Section

We will conduct research on the assessment of risks threatening biodiversity and ecosystems and the development of the countermeasures.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head GOKA Koichii Ecological risk assessment of invasive alien species
Senior Researcher ONUMA Manabu Research on reproduction and genetic diversity in endangered species
Researcher SAKAMOTO Yoshiko Ecological risk assessment and development of control of invasive alien species
Researcher IKEGAMI Makihiko Evaluation and countermeasure for ecological impact by invasive alien species and pesticides
Researcher SAKAMOTO Hironori Study on development of preventive and control methods of invasive alien species
Research Associate KATAYAMA Masafumi Improvement of cell culture and preservation methods, and establishment of bio-resource in wild animals
Research Associate NAKAMURA Orie Infectious diseases derived from wild animals, Parasite examination and specimens, Data management work
Research Associate ASAKURA Shingo Evaluation of susceptibility and epidemiology of infectious diseases in wildlife
Specialist HAGA Atsushi Infectious diseases derived from wild animals, Parasite examination and specimens, Data management work
Specialist IWATA Ritsuko Infectious diseases derived from wild animals, Parasite examination and specimens, Data management work
Specialist SUZUKI Takaaki Evaluation for ecological impact by invasive non-native species and pesticides

Environmental Stress Mechanisms Section

We will evaluate the effects of environmental stresses such as climate change/pollutants on the functions and genes of living organisms, and research adaptive mechanisms of the organisms.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head AONO Mitsuko Clarification of the mechanisms in stress responses in plant and development of the methods in stress diagnosis
Senior Researcher TADA Mitsuru Study for ecological effects of environmental water to aquatic organisms
Senior Researcher INOUE Tomomi Ecophysiology of wetland plants
Senior Research Associate SAJI Hikaru Clarification of effects of ozone and other environmental stress factors on plants and their underlying mechanisms
Research Associate AKAJI Yasuaki Survival and growth pattern of tree species along environmental gradients
Research Assistant LENG Huani Experiment support and data analysis related to physiological functions of plants and climate change
Specialist KAWANISHI Ayumi Quantitative evaluation and analysis of coastal ecosystem function
Specialist SAJI Shoko in preparation

Ecosystem Function Research Section

We will evaluate the structure and function of the ecosystem, and research their conservation methods.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head NOHARA Seiichi Development of Watershed Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure
Senior Researcher FUKUSHIMA Michio Development of strategic environmental assessment technology and its application to watershed restoration
Senior Researcher YABE Tohru Ecosystem function of tideland and seaweed in shallow water
Influence of dominant phenomena due to invasive alien species on ecosystem function in shallow waters
Senior Researcher KAMEYAMA Satoshi Evaluation of watershed ecosystem services and its application for regional restoration
Specialist Xinqiletu in preparation

Biodiversity Conservation Planning Section

We will conduct research on biodiversity conservation planning based on the evaluation of biodiversity/ecosystem services.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head(Concurrently) OGUMA Hiroyuki Remote sensing of alpine line and coastal ecosystems
Senior Researcher YOSHIDA Katsuhiko Theoretical study on ecosystem response to disturbances
Theoretical study on ecosystem evolution
Researcher KUBO Takahiro Socioeconomic research on wildlife management and protected area planning
Researcher KUMAGAI Naoki Statistical modeling and inference on changes in the distribution pattern and mechanisms of coastal communities, particularly in macroalgal beds and coral reefs
Research Associate AMAGAI Yukihiro Clarification in alpine ecosystems under climate change and artificial effect
Research Assistant MITSUI Satomi Social science research on national park management under climate change
Specialist URYU Shinya Engineering of data visualization, analysis and package development for ecosystem services

Biodiversity Resource Conservation Office

We will promote research infrastructure related to biological resources and monitoring that will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head KAWACHI Masanobu Studies on the biodiversity of algae concerning with environmental problems and algal culture collection
Senior Researcher UENO Ryuhei Fundamental study on chironomid faunae as indicators of long-term or short-term changes of environments
Senior Researcher (Concurrently / Biwako branch office affiliation) MABUCHI Kohji Fish biodiversity, habitat ecology and their conservation
Senior Researcher(Concurrently) MATSUZAKI Shin-Ichiro Freshwater biodiversity monitoring and conservation
Researcher(Concurrently) YAMAGUCHI Haruyo Studies on diversty of algae and algal bioresources
Research Associate SUZUKI Shigekatsu Analysis of eukaryotic algae related to environmental research genome and transcriptome
Research Associate OTA Shuhei Development of water quality monitoring technology for marine environment using bioassay
Imaging analysis of algae autophagy in stress environment
JSPS Research Associate MATSUZAKI Ryo Taxonomy and phylogeny of snow algae
Specialist NAKAGAWA Megumi Kasumigaura long-term monitoring
UNEP GEMS / Water national center secretariat

Environmental Genomics Office

We will promote research infrastructure related to the acquisition and analysis of genetic information, and the application to evaluation/projection/conservation of biodiversity.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head NAKAJIMA Nobuyoshi Whole genome analysis of endangered species
Research on the effects of genetically modified plants on the biodiversity of plant populations
Principal Researcher (Concurrently / Fukushima branch affiliation) TAMAOKI Masanori Research for heavy metal tolerance and accumulation in higher plants
Studies on the effects of air pollution to the higher plants
Research on the effects low-dose radiation in higher plants
Development of genetic markers using next generation sequencer
Senior Researcher KAWASHIMA Takaharu Experimental analysis of genetic and environmental factors affecting avian reproduction
Senior Researcher (Concurrently /
CRER affiliation)
YAMAMURA Shigeki Bioremediation for arsenic-contaminated soil, Microbial cycling of arsenic in the environment
Senior Researcher(Concurrently) KONDO Natsuko Application of environmental DNA to monitoring of biodiversity
DNA barcoding of freshwater organisms
Research on the maintenance of insect diversity in urban parks
Researcher ANDO Haruko Elucidation and preservation of feeding ecology of birds in disturbed habitats
Utilization of DNA bar coding in animal food analysis

* "CRER" stands for the Center for Regional Environmental Research.

Lake Biwa Branch Office

It is a joint laboratory under the Center for Regional Environmental Research and the Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, and is based in the Lake Biwa Environmental Research Institute (Shiga Prefecture). We will conduct research on lake environment mainly for Lake Biwa.
Job title Name Research Subject
Fellow/Head IMAI Akio Characteristics, origin, cycling, funcitons, and effects of organic matter in water environments
Fellow/Research Coordinator TAKAMURA Noriko Conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in freshwaters
Senior Researcher MABUCHI Kohji Fish biodiversity, habitat ecology and their conservation
Researcher SHIMOTORI Koichi Study on environmental evaluation and organic balance of bottom layer of lakes
Research Associate YOSHIDA Makoto Monitoring of aquatic biodiversity and environmental information using freshwater fishes as observation platforms
Research Associate KAZAMA Takehiro Planktonic primary production and microbial loop in lake ecosystem
Research Associate NAKADA Satoshi Development of a methodology to monitor prolific growth of aquatic plants and submerged macrophytes in Lake Biwa
Assessment of impact of climate change on the environment of an enclosed sea, Seto Inland Sea in Japan
Specialist NISHIDA Kazuya Investigation and analysis on distribution of aquatic organisms and their habitats for conservation of biodiversity in the Lake Biwa Basin
Specialist IWAKI Maho in preparation
(Concurrently /
CRER affiliation)
KOZU Ayato Studies of material cycling within lotic and lentic ecosystems and material loading to these ecosystems by the stable isotope analysis of organic and inorganic pools
(Concurrently /
CRER affiliation)
KOMATSU Kazuhiro The study of characterization and function of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in lakes
(Concurrently /
CRER affiliation)
TOMIOKA Noriko Spatial and temporral dynamics of the cyanobacteria and heterotrophic bacteria in Lake Kasumigaura
(Concurrently /
CRER affiliation)
SHINOHARA Ryuuichiro Research on organic phosphorus in lakes and rivers
(Concurrently) OGUMA Hiroyuki Remote sensing of alpine line and coastal ecosystems
(Concurrently) MATSUZAKI Shin-Ichiro Freshwater biodiversity monitoring and conservation
(Concurrently) KONDO Natsuko Application of environmental DNA to monitoring of biodiversity
DNA barcoding of freshwater organisms
Research on the maintenance of insect diversity in urban parks
(Concurrently) YAMAGUCHI Haruyo Studies on diversty of algae and algal bioresources

* "CRER" stands for the Center for Regional Environmental Research.

Wildlife Genome Collaborative Research Group

Utilizing the cells and genes of endangered creatures preserved in our center, we conduct genetic research on population structure of endangered species in the wild, conservation planning of endangered species, and whole genome analysis for resource development of the frozen samples.
(October 1, 2012〜 )
Job title Name(Affiliation)
Research Group Manager MURAYAMA Miho (Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University)
member NAKAJIMA Nobuyoshi (Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES)
member ONUMA Manabu (Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES)
member GOKA Kouichi(Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES)
member KATAYAMA Masafumi(Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES)
member TAJIMA Atsushi(Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
member ENDO Daiji(Department of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Rakuno Gakuen University)
member KANEKO Takehito(Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University)
member FUKUDA Tomokazu(Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University)
member MATSUNAMI Masatoshi( Faculty of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus)

Collaborative teacher

Staff concurrently serving as faculty members based on the cooperation system between NIES and the university.
Name University Laboratory / Field Job title
YAMANO Hiroya Department of Policy and Planning Sciences, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba - Professor
NAKAJIMA Nobuyoshi Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Photosynthetic metabolism control Professor
KAWACHI Masanobu Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Environmental Management Course, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba
Environment algae Professor
AONO Mitsuko Environmental Management Course, School of Integrative and Global Majors, University of Tsukuba Mechanism of stress response in Plants Professor
SAJI Hikaru Department of Biological Environment Conservation Major, The United Graduate School of Agricultural Scienses, Ehime University Production environment studies Visiting Professor
NOHARA Seiichi Faculty of Horticulture, Chiba University Environmental analysis chemistry Visiting Professor
NOHARA Seiichi Hiroshima University Biomedical & Health Sciences Visiting Professor
FUKASAWA Keita Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences/ Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo Laboratory of Biodiversity Science Associate professor

Last updated Oct. 3, 2018