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Director Section

Job title Name Research Subject
Director YAMANO Hiroya Effects of environmental change on coastal ecosystems
Senior Research Associate TADA Mitsuru Study for ecological effects of environmental water to aquatic organisms
Expert TOTSU Kumiko Database and disclosure of biodiversity and ecological information
Expert ODAKURA Midori Public relations
Expert ISHIDA Takahide Compliance with the access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing

Deputy Director Section

Job title Name Research Subject
Deputy Director AONO Mitsuko Clarification of the mechanisms in stress responses in plant and development of the methods in stress diagnosis

Biodiversity Assessment and Projection Section

We will conduct research on biodiversity evaluation and projection, as well as on the development of conservation methods.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head 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 ISHIHAMA Fumiko Conservation genetic study on endangered plants
Spatial ecological study on factors determining distribution and exintinction risk of endangerend plants
Senior Researcher FUKASAWA Keita Connecting data and decision-making in ecosystem management using ecological models
Senior 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
[Concurrent post] Senior Researcher (FRCRC affiliation) YOSHIOKA Akira Biodiversity monitoring and evaluation for research on disaster environment
Senior Researcher FUKAYA Keiichi Statistical modeling of ecological community dynamics
Research Associate TOYAMA Hironori Assessment of the effects of environmental changes on plant community
Research Associate MATSUBA Misako Nationwide assessment of the decline of Red list vascular plants
Research Associate SHINODA Yushin Global-scale analysis of the effects of intensified agriculture on biodiversity
Research Associate NAKADAI Ryosuke Development of assessment indicators for genetic diversity
Research Associate IKEMOTO Mito  
Junior Research Associate OGAWA Yui Ecosystem monitoring in research on environment after disaster and tool development contributing to citizen science
Expert KUDO Hiroyuki Data development and spatial information processing for broad-scale assessment of biodiversity
Expert ZHAO Xuequn Development of tools and data processing for broad-scale assessment of biodiversity and impact of climate change
Expert SUMI Maya A liaison of the Collaborative Research Core on Biodiversity
Expert TANNO Yuki Model construction and data processing for broad-scale assessment of biodiversity and impact of climate change
Expert KUMADA Nao Monitoring of avian communities and construction of regional networks in research on environment after disaster
Research Assistant KATAYOSE Ryosuke The effect of lake thermal condition for fish distribution
JSPS Research Associate HASHIMOTO Koya Synergistic effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbance on biological communities
JSPS Research Associate AOKI Satoshi Development of a genetic diversity measure for non-random samples

* "FRCRC" stands for Fukushima Regional Collaborative Research Center.

Ecological Risk Assessment and Control Section

We will conduct research on the assessment of risks threatening biodiversity and ecosystems and on the development of countermeasures.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head GOKA Koichi Ecological risk assessment of invasive alien species
Chief Senior Researcher ONUMA Manabu Research on reproduction and genetic diversity in endangered species
Senior Researcher SAKAMOTO Yoshiko Integrated risk assessment of emerging infectious diseases of bees in Japan
Senior 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 SATO Yu Conservation genomic research of Japanese endangered mammals and birds
Research Associate NABESHIMA Kei Study on wildlife conservation / Establishment of a comprehensive pathogen detection method from wild animals and elucidation of virome and microbiome in wild animals
Research Associate SUZUKI Akihiko Detection and transmission risk assessment of pathogen from honeybees
Research Associate SEKO Yugo Assessment of behavioral responses of alien species to insecticide applications
Research Associate MORII Kiyohito Assessment of ecological impacts and possible invasion routes of alien species
Expert HAGA Atsushi Infectious diseases derived from wild animals, Parasite examination and specimens, Data management work
Expert HIRATA Takuma Distribution survey, development of control method, laboratory breeding experiment, and genetic analysis for insects and other arthropods
Expert HONJYO Hisako Infectious diseases derived from wild animals, Parasite examination and specimens, Data management work

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 the adaptive mechanisms of the organisms.
Job title Name Research Subject
[Concurrent post] Head AONO Mitsuko Clarification of the mechanisms in stress responses in plant and development of the methods in stress diagnosis
Chief Senior Researcher INOUE Tomomi Ecophysiology of wetland plants
Researcher AKAJI Yasuaki Survival and growth pattern of tree species along environmental gradients
Senior Research Associate SAJI Hikaru Clarification of effects of ozone and other environmental stress factors on plants and their underlying mechanisms
Expert SAJI Shoko Clarification of effects of ozone and other environmental stress factors on plants and their underlying mechanisms
Expert TSUTSUMI Yoshimi Study on the gene flow from herbicide-tolerant GM rapeseed to its close relatives
Collaborative Researcher SAKODA Kazuma Clarification of effects of environmental stress factors on plants and their underlying mechanisms

Ecosystem Function Research Section

We will evaluate the structure and function of the ecosystem and research the methods for their conservation.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head MATSUZAKI Shin-Ichiro Freshwater biodiversity monitoring and conservation
Chief Senior Researcher FUKUSHIMA Michio Development of strategic environmental assessment technology and its application to watershed restoration
Chief Senior Researcher KAMEYAMA Satoshi Evaluation of watershed ecosystem services and its application for regional 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 ANDO Haruko Adaptive evolution and ecosystem function of birds in island environments
Researcher SUEYOSHI Masanao Catchment management for resilient freshwater ecosystems
Senior Research Associate NOHARA Seiichi Development of Watershed Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure
Senior Researcher UENO Ryuhei Fundamental study on chironomid faunae as indicators of long-term or short-term changes of environments
Expert Xinqiletu Evalution of ecosystem function and ecosystem services in the Satoumi area; the investigation and analysis related to adaptation planning support for climate change
Expert NAKAGAWA Megumi Kasumigaura long-term monitoring
UNEP GEMS / Water national center secretariat
Expert YOSHIBA Megumi Analysis of the long-term lake monitoring samples
JSPS Research Associate SAWADA Akira Researches on mate choice and population dynamics through long-term field studies of island avian populations, Analysis of inbreeding avoidance using genomic information and pedigree information

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 OGUMA Hiroyuki Remote sensing of alpine line and coastal ecosystems
Chief Senior Researcher YOSHIDA Katsuhiko Theoretical study on ecosystem response to disturbances
Theoretical study on ecosystem evolution
Senior Researcher KUBO Takahiro Socioeconomic research on wildlife management and protected area planning

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 Research on the diversity of algae concerned with environmental issues and ecological importance, conservation of endangered algae, and culture collection
Senior Researcher YAMAGUCHI Haruyo Studies on diversty of algae and algal bioresources
Research Associate OTA Shuhei Development of water quality monitoring technology for marine environment using bioassay
Imaging analysis of algae autophagy in stress environment
Expert SUZUKI Shigekatsu Analysis of eukaryotic algae related to environmental research genome and transcriptome
Expert MATSUZAKI Ryo Taxonomy and phylogeny of snow algae
Expert MORI Fumi Cryopreservation of algal strains, and strain management
Expert ISHIMOTO Miwa Culture and preservation of endangered algae, and strain data management
Expert SATO Mayumi Establishment and maintenance of culture strains, and improvement of cultivation and preservation conditions
Expert KAWACHI Mary-Helene Noel Establishment and maintenance of culture strains, and improvement of cultivation and preservation conditions

Environmental Genomics Office

We will promote research infrastructure related to the acquisition and analysis of genetic information and its application for the 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
Senior Researcher 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
[Concurrent post] Senior Researcher (FRCRC affiliation) ISHII Yumiko Studies of the radiocesium transfer in freshwater ecosystem and freshwater fish, Studies of relationship between fish diet and radiocesium transfer by DNA barcording
Researcher KATAYAMA Masafumi Improvement of cell culture and preservation methods, and establishment of bio-resource in wild animals
Research Associate FUKUMORI Kayoko Detection of biodiversity using environmental DNA and analysis of environmental factors
Expert SHINDO Tomomi Collection and maintenance of DNA barcode information and analysis of genetic diversity information
Expert MACHIZAWA Junko Collection and maintenance of DNA barcode information and analysis of genetic diversity information
Expert ITO Hiroshi Detection of biodiversity and analyses of population structure based on genetic variation

* "FRCRC" stands for Fukushima Regional Collaborative Research Center.

Lake Biwa Branch Office

It is a joint laboratory under the Regional Environment Conservation Division and the Biodiversity Division and is based in the Lake Biwa Environmental Research Institute (Shiga Prefecture). We will conduct research on the lake environment mainly for Lake Biwa.
Job title Name Research Subject
Head MABUCHI Kohji Fish biodiversity, habitat ecology and their conservation
Researcher SHIMOTORI Koichi Study on environmental evaluation and organic balance of bottom layer of lakes
[Concurrent post] Head MATSUZAKI Shin-Ichiro Freshwater biodiversity monitoring and conservation
[Concurrent post] Senior researcher YAMAGUCHI Haruyo Studies on diversty of algae and algal bioresources
[Concurrent post] Senior researcher 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
[Concurrent post] Researcher SUEYOSHI Masanao Catchment management for resilient freshwater ecosystems
Research Associate YOSHIDA Makoto Monitoring of aquatic biodiversity and environmental information using freshwater fishes as observation platforms
Expert NISHIDA Kazuya Investigation and analysis on distribution of aquatic organisms and their habitats for conservation of biodiversity in the Lake Biwa Basin
Expert TAKASHIMA Ayaka Public relations for Lake Biwa Branch Office and development of research support databases

Concurrent post of Divisions

Job title Name Research Subject
Head (Lake Biwa Branch Office) MABUCHI Kohji Fish biodiversity, habitat ecology and their conservation
Senior Researcher (HERD affiliation) KAWASHIMA Takaharu Experimental analysis of genetic and environmental factors affecting avian reproduction
Head (FRCRC 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
Head (CCCA affiliation) NISHIHIRO Jun Monitoring of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems / Ecosystem based climate-change adaptation
Researcher (CCCA affiliation) KUMAGAI Naoki Statistical modeling and inference on changes in the distribution pattern and mechanisms of coastal communities, particularly in macroalgal beds and coral reefs
Researcher (CCCA affiliation) KOIDE Dai Analysis about changes in forest carbon budget according to environmental changes and evaluation of simulation results by process-based models

* "HERD" stands for Health and Environmental Risk Division.

* "FRCRC" stands for Fukushima Regional Collaborative Research Center.

* "CCCA" stands for Center for Climate change Adaptation.

Biodiversity Collaborative Research Group

We have been working on biodiversity assessment and policy response based on strengthening the biodiversity observation network in the Biodiversity Division since April 1, 2021.
Job title Name(Affiliation)
Group Leader MURAOKA Hiroyuki
(River Basin Research Center, Gifu University / Regional Adaptation Research Center, Gifu University)
member KADOYA Taku (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member ISHIHAMA Fumiko (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member FUKASAWA Keita (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member TAKEUCHI Yayoi (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member KONDO Natsuko (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member MATSUZAKI Shin-Ichiro (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member ONUMA Manabu (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member FUKAYA Keiichi (Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member YOSHIOKA Akira (Fukushima Regional Collaborative Research Center / Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member NISHIHIRO Jun (Center for Climate change Adaptation / Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member KUMAGAI Naoki (Center for Climate change Adaptation / Biodiversity Division, NIES)
member KOIDE Dai (Center for Climate change Adaptation / Biodiversity Division, NIES)

Collaborative teacher

Staff concurrently serve as faculty members based on the cooperation system between the 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
NISHIHIRO Jun Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences/ Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo Laboratory of Conservation Ecology 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
MATSUZAKI Shin-Ichiro Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences/ Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo Laboratory of Aquatic Conservation Associate 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
NISHIHIRO Jun Graduate School of Science, Toho University Department of Environmental Sciences - Visiting Professor
KAMEYAMA Satoshi Kyoto University Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research Specially Appointed Professor
KAMEYAMA Satoshi Vietnam-Japan University, Vietnam National University, Hanoi Climate Change and Development lecturer (JICA expert)
KAMEYAMA Satoshi Department of Bioproduction and Environment Engineering, Faculty of Regional Environment Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture Laboratory of Regional Environmental Information Studies Lecturer

Researchers in the past

Last updated Apr. 28, 2022