Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Biodiversity Dynamics


Assistant Professor ITO Takuro
Campus Shokubutsuen campus
Laboratory Plant Diversity and Evolution
Tel +81-22-795-6765
E-mail takuro.ito.c4@tohoku.ac.jp
I have been interested in plants since I was a child, and I came back to this field of plant research after a period of time spent playing soccer. When I was an undergraduate student, I met plants all over the world to learn about their lives and learned many things. Based on this experience, I am currently conducting research to elucidate the evolutionary process of plants, focusing on their way of life.
1987 Bachelor, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo
1992 Ph.D, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
1994 Assistant Professor, Fukuoka University of Education;
2018.4-2020.5 JSPS PD, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University.
2009.3 Akita Minami High School 
2013.3 Bachelor, College of Agriculture, Ibaraki University
2018.3 Ph.D, United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
(Partner graduate school:Department of Botany, National Museum of Nature and Science)
(JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists DC2)
2018.4 - 2020.5 Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists PD
2020.5- Current position
Selected Publications
Activities in Academic Societies
Botanical Society of Japan, Japan Society for Plant Systematics, Society for the Study of Species Biology, Ecological Society of Japan, The Biological Society of Okinawa

Recent Activities

I am studying the phylogenetics, phylogeography and evolutionary biology of wild plants, with a particular focus on the genus Sedum (Crassulaceae).
I have been describing new species of Sedum on islands, especially in the Ryukyu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. I am now attempting to understand the process of diversification using phylogenomics and ecological approaches, as we have found that the two lineages of Sedum in Taiwan have independently undergone dramatic species diversification (parallel adaptive radiation), especially in the high mountain areas between 2,500 and 4,000 m above sea level.

Message to Students

Let's go field work and feel the life of plants, and unravel their mystery!