Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Biodiversity Dynamics


Assistant Professor HIRANO Takahiro
Campus Kawauchi campus
Laboratory Conservation Biology
Tel +81-22-795-7560
E-mail takahiro.hirano.d8@tohoku.ac.jp
Website https://researchmap.jp/7000022456/
The biggest mystery of evolutionary ecology: why are there many kinds of organisms?
Northeast Asia region (e.g. Japan, China, Korea, and the Far East Russia) has a high diversity of molluscs (land and freshwater snails) due to different geographical such as continents, islands and ancient lakes. In addition, molluscs are a good material for evolutionary ecology because they reflect ecology and environment in their shells which preserve well in the fossil record. Through various combined approaches in molecular biology, paleontology and evolutionary ecology, I am conducting comparative studies on the evolutionary history of molluscs across the globe.
Unfortunately, more molluscs have gone extinct than any other taxa since 1500 AD. In fact, human activities have caused significant changes in many endemic ecosystems including the Northeast Asia. Therefore, I am testing how human activities have influenced the diversification of molluscs.

BS: 2007.04-2011.03 Department of Biological Science, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka, JAPAN
MS: 2011.04-2013.03 Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Miyagi, JAPAN
Ph.D.: 2013.04-2016.03 Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Miyagi, JAPAN
2015.04-2016.03: JSPS Research Fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, JAPAN
2017.04-2018.03: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, JAPAN
2018.06-2019.09: JSPS Overseas Research Fellow at University of Idaho Department of Biological Sciences, USA
2019.10-: Assistant Professor at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies and Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, JAPAN

Selected Publications
Activities in Academic Societies
Ecological Society of Japan
Malacological Society of Japan
Society for the Study of Molluscan Diversity
Japanese Association of Benthology

Recent Activities

Evolutionary history and diversification process of land snails
Evolutionary study in closed systems such as ancient lakes and islands
Paleobiology of molluscs
Conservation of molluscs

Message to Students

In our lab, there are peoples who have some different background such as non-biological field as well as peoples from biological fields are trying to understand questions of biodiversity and conservation. We are currently looking for self-motivated students to join our lab. Don’t hesitate to contact if you have any questions!