Principal Investigator

Toshihide Hirao, Ph.D.

Specialties: Forest Ecology and Community Ecology

Faculty introduction by the University of Tokyo

Current Students

Kosuke Takeuchi, Master’s Course student

Research interests: Genetic variation and climate change adaptation of Acer tschonoskii complex

Shu Morikawa, Master’s Course student

Research interests: Effects of fear for humans on habitat use and eco-behavior of Japanese marten

Daisuke Ueno, Master’s Course student

Research interests: Ecological mechanisms causing the increased density of Reeves’s muntjac, an invasive alien species

Rika Yasui, Master’s Course student

Research interests: Eco-behavioral and physiological responses of meso-carnivores to human recreational activities

Takara Tsukamoto, Graduate research student

Research interests: Effects of increased deer density on the population structure of taiga tick and Lyme Borrelia

Tianyu Tang, Graduate research student

Research interests: Effects of forest vegetation decline by deer on seed dispersal networks of birds

Lab Alumni

Masanori Fujii, Institute for Environmental Sciences

Post-doc 2012-2015

Tsunenori Iwaki

M.S. 2016, Elevational gradients of vegetation and its impacts on higher trophic levels in the Okuchichibu Mountains

Mitsuru Kawasaki

M.S. 2018, Roles of season, habitat environment and genetic structure on the diet of Japanese deer

Nobuhiko Shigyo, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

Ph.D. 2019, Spatio-temporal variability of soil microbial communities and their identity for litter decomposition in cool-temperate montane forests

Akane Kobara

M.S. 2019, Influence of the link between aboveground and belowground ecosystems under deer browsing on seedling demography

Shota Tanaka

M.S. 2020, Resprouting and its function based on forest disturbance regimes

Kohsuke Tanigawa, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

M.S. 2021, Legacy effects of understory vegetation decline caused by Sika deer on tree seedlings through modification of soil microbial functionings

Takara Tsukamoto

M.S. 2022, Factors affecting the historical population dynamics and genetic structure of taiga tick, the vector of Lyme Borrelia

Takuya Yoshida

M.S. 2022, Source-sink effects of pollination services in forests under deer herbivory