Academics

Department of Forest and Environmental Resources Sciences

Last Update April 1, 2024

LAB. OF RESOURCES CYCLING IN PEDOSPHERE

Prof. WATANABE, Akira D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and trace elements in pedosphere and related environments. Chemical structure, function, and dynamics of soil organic matter, in particular humic substances.

Research Keywords:
Soil organic matter, humic substances, black carbon, greenhouse gas, dissolved organic matter

LAB. OF PLANT-SOIL SYSTEMS

Assoc. Prof. TANIKAWA, Toko Ph. D. (Agronomy)

Area of Research:
Studies on nutrient dynamics in forest ecosystems. Our specific focus is to evaluate forest health by disentangling tripartite interactions among plant, soil, and microbes.

Research Keywords:
biogeochemistry, coastal forests, forest soil science, Ground penetrating radar, plantation forests

LAB. OF FOREST HYDROLOGY AND DISASTER MITIGATION SCIENCE

Prof. GOMI, Takashi D. Agr.
Assoc. Prof. KOTANI, Ayumi D. Sci.

Area of Research:
Research for elucidating hudrological cycle, sediment dynamics, and disaster volnearbility of local comunity in regional and watershed scales. Research and its social implementation for sustainable resources management is included.

Research Keywords:
hydrological processes in watersheds, biosphere‐atmosphere interaction, human‐nature interaction, disaster resilience and sediment dynamics

LAB. OF FOREST ECOLOGY

Prof. TOMARU, Nobuhiro D. Agr.
Assoc. Prof. NAKAGAWA, Michiko D. Sci.

Area of Research:
Our laboratory covers a wide range of studies related to forest ecology, forest genetics, and forest ecophysiology. Especially structure, dynamics, and functions in forest communities. Also genetic diversity, reproductive ecology, ecophysiology, and dry matter production in tree populations.

Research Keywords:
Forest tree, Reproductive ecology, Population genomics, Molecular ecology, Conservation, Tropocial forest

LAB. OF FOREST PROTECTION

Prof. KAJIMURA, Hisashi D. Agr.
Lecturer TOKI, Wataru D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Forest entomology focusing on insect‐fungus and insect‐plant interactions. Forest ecosystem conservation based on the management of biological communities.

Research Keywords:
Forest insects, Interactions among organisms, Forest pests, Arthropod communities, Forest microbes, Symbiosis

LAB. OF FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Prof. YAMAMOTO, Kazukiyo D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Research on development of cutting edge measurement technology of forest, construction of theory concerning forest resource management, development of future planning and evaluation method of forest management.

Research Keywords:
Remote Sensing, GIS, Forest planning, Forest measurement, LiDAR

LAB. OF FOREST RESOURCES AND SOCIETY

Prof. HARADA, Kazuhiro D. Agr.
Assoc. Prof. IWANAGA, Seiji D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Studies on forest management policy for realizing both forest conservation and improvement of local livelihoods, forest certification, participatory forest management, community forestry and timber procurement strategies of enterprise

Research Keywords:
Forest policy, National park, Community forestry, Ecotourism, Forest resource use

LAB. OF FOREST CHEMISTRY

Prof. FUKUSHIMA, Kazuhiko D. Agr.
Assoc. Prof. AOKI, Dan D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Organic chemical, biochemical, and analytical chemical studies on the formation process, structure, and advanced utilization of woody biomass.

Research Keywords:
woody biomass, plant cell wall, lignin, chemistry

Lab. of BIOMASS RESOURCE UTILIZATION

Assoc. Prof. IMAI, Takanori D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Isolation and structural elucidation, biosynthesis, distribution and utilization of wood extractives.

Research Keywords:
Wood extractives, Isolation and structural elucidation, Biosynthesis, Visualization, Chemicalanalysis

LAB. OF WOOD PHYSICS

Prof. YAMAMOTO, Hiroyuki D. Agr., D. Eng.
Assoc. Prof. YOSHIDA, Masato D. Agr.
Asst. Prof. WANG, Han D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Generation processes of growth stress and wood properities during tree growth, Growth and maturation of tropical plantation species, Analysis of reaction wood formation by molecular approach , Physical and mechanical properties of wood materials.

Research Keywords:
Cell wall, cellulose, secondary growth, growth stress, plantation resources

LAB. OF TIMBER ENGINEERING

Prof. YAMASAKI, Mariko D. Agr. D. Eng.
Asst. Prof. ANDO, Kosei D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Mechanical durability in structural use of wood and wood‐based materials, Analysis of mechanical behavior in timber structure, Quality‐of‐material distribution and the plan for demand and supply of forest resources, Wood utilization in urban design.

Research Keywords:
Timber engineering, Strength, Failure and fatigue, Woodutilization, Woodurbanism

LAB. OF SYSTEM ENGINEERING FOR BIOLOGY

Prof. TSUCHIKAWA, Satoru D. Agr.
Assoc. Prof. INAGAKI, Tetsuya D. Agr.
Asst. Prof. MA, Te D. Agr.

Area of Research:
Studies on nondestructive measurement system and data science for biological resources.

Research Keywords:
Nondestructive measurement, Spectroscopy, Imaging analysis, Data science, Machine learning, Mechanical engineering