Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Ecological Dynamics


Professor KAWATA Masakado
Campus Aobayama campus
Laboratory Evolutionary Biology
Tel +81-22-795-6688
E-mail kawata@tohoku.ac.jp
Website https://ochotona0.wixsite.com/mysite

I studied veterinary medicine at the undergraduate level, and then I conducted Master’s and PhD level research on the evolutionary ecology of small mammals. Now I am primarily conducting research on the ecology and evolution of various organisms.

November 1, 1958 Born in Kagawa Prefecture
1980 Graduated from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.
1997 Completed a doctorate degree (agriculture) at Hokkaido University
2001 to Present Current position
Selected Publications
Activities in Academic Societies

Ecological Society of Japan, Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan


Undergrad:Biology and Evolution, Laboratory of Evolutionary Biology Grad:Biodiversity Analysis

Recent Activities

Some species can evolve and adapt, responding to changing environments, while others cannot. I am attempting to understand the genomic structures and genetic basis affecting evolvability and evolutionary constraints. Particular themes include evolutionary response to global environmental changes, genomic structures conferring evolvability and adaption to variable environments, predicting species distribution and biodiversity response to climate changes, and the evolution of temperature adaptation and of invasive species. I have used various organisms including Cuban Anolis lizards as model organisms for adaptive radiation, guppies as model organisms for maintenance of extremely high polymorphisms of phenotypes, butterflies whose distributions are being changed as a result of global warming, and Japanese honeybee and bumblebees that are important organisms in the pollination service. For details, access the following website:



Message to Students

Presently, it is becoming more and more important to consider evolution since various biological phenomena have been influenced by this. Based on the motto, “without the perspective of evolution, biology is completely meaningless,” I am excited about my research on the most important themes in biology, which attempt to answer the question of why and how living things evolved.