Department of Environmental Life Sciences
Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Plant Ecology 分野

Toru Nakashizuka
キャンパス Aobayama キャンパス
専攻分野 Plant bioecology
連絡先 022-795-6696

I am conducting joint research with other researchers in various fields on the movements of forests, the life history of trees, biodiversity maintenance mechanisms, the causes of their decrease and ecosystem services lost by their decrease, etc., in tropical and temperate forests.


Faculty of Science, Chiba University
Completed without degree the doctorate program of the Graduate School of Science of Osaka University
Doctorate of science
Researcher and Head Research Officer, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Head Research Officer, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Professor, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto
Laboratory Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Professor, Graduate School of Life Science, Tohoku University (current position)


Environmental Studies (Iwanami Publishers, coauthor)
Forest Sketches (Tokai University Press)
Why Biodiversity is Important (Showado, coauthor)

所属学会 Ecological Society of Japan, The Japanese Forest Society, The Botanical Society of Japan, The Japan Society of Tropical Ecology, and others


We hoisted an 80-meter crane up in the tropical forest of Malaysia to directly access the canopy (treetop) and study the various things occurring there. In the humid tropics of Southeast Asia, we know that many trees blossom and bear fruit once a year; however, we have come to know many things through research such as the climate conditions that cause this phenomenon, animals that carry pollen, animals that eat the seeds, and interactions amongst trees. Furthermore, my research is not only focused on primeval forests, but I also focus on conducting joint research with others in various fields to find out what changes occur in biodiversity when forests are burned down and are then restored, and to analyze the effects on living things and on ecosystems of overuse by humans and to identify ways to sustainably use forests.