Principal Investigator

Toshihide Hirao, Ph.D.

Specialties: Forest Ecology and Community Ecology

Faculty introduction by the University of Tokyo


Current Students

Takara Tsukamoto, Master’s Course student

Research Interests: Effects of increased deer density on the population structure of taiga ticks and Lyme Borrelia


Takuya Yoshida, Master’s Course student

Research Interests: Source-sink effects of pollination services in forests under deer herbivory


Kohsuke Takeuchi, Master’s Course student

Research Interests: Genetic introgression and boundary formation of Acer tschonoskii complex


Shu Morikawa, Master’s Course student

Research Interests: Effects of human activities on habitat use and population structure of meso-carnivores


Daisuke Ueno, Undergraduate student

Research Interests: Ecological mechanisms causing an increase in the density of Reeves’s muntjac


Amane Saito, Undergraduate student

Research Interests: Density management approach based on deer vigilance behavior against hunting activities


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

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