Staffs in the FSERC and the Educational Unit for studies on the CoHHO belong to this division, in order to promote research projects and educational programs on the CoHHO. The research project supporting section is affiliated in this division and technically supports field surveys and chemical analyses.


The ability of Japan’s coastal marine systems to sustain its complex of diverse marine organisms has serious problems. Excessive economic activities cause water pollution and the disappearance of seagrass beds and tidal flats. Dam construction, land reclamation and sea embankments also threaten the ecosystems by altering water and sand flows. Thus, both the land and sea components of coastal marine ecosystems are strongly affected by human activities.
The Educational Unit for Studies on the Connectivity of Hills, Humans and Oceans (CoHHO) is independent from FSERC, but all professors of the Unit are also belonging to this Division of FSERC to collaborate.

■Program-Specific Professor
YAMASHITA, Yoh, D. Agr. (Univ. of Tokyo), Coastal Ecology, Ecophysiology, Nursery Habitats
E-mail : yamashita.yoh.4c_at_kyoto-u.ac.jp

* Antonio, S. Emily ; Kasai, Akihide ; Ueno, Masahiro ; Yuka, Ishihi ; Yokoyama, Hisashi ; Yamashita, Yoh . “Spatial-temporal feeding dynamics of benthic communities in an estuary-marine gradient. Estuarine.” Coastal and Shelf Science. 2012, 112, p.86-97.
* Yatsuya, Miwa; Masahiro, Ueno ; Yoh, Yamashita. “Life history of the amphidromous shrimp Caridina leucosticta (Decapoda: Caridea:Atyidae) in the Isazu River, Japan.” Journal of Crustacean Biology. 2013, 33(4), p.488–502.
* Walsh, L. Michelle ; Masuda, Reiji ; Yamashita, Yoh “The influence of cage conditioning on the performance and behavior of Japanese flounder reared for stock enhancement: Burying, feeding, and threat response.” Journal of Sea Research. 2014, 84, p.447-455.

■Program-Specific Assistant Professor
OBA, Yurika, Ph.D. in Philosophy (Hiroshima Univ.), Forest Ecology
Email : oba.yurika.8a_at_kyoto-u.ac.jp

* Y. Oba and T. Yamada. (2018) “Difference in 137Cs in needles between main and lateral shoots of Japanese fir growing in natural forests 5 years after the Fukushima accident.” Journal of Forest Research 23.1 : 41-46.
* Y. Oba and T. Yamada. (2017) “Sampling design and required sample size for evaluating contamination levels of 137Cs in Japanese fir needles in a mixed deciduous forest stand in Fukushima, Japan.” Environmental Pollution 224 : 430-435.
* Y. Oba and T. Yamada. (2017) “Radiocesium concentration in seeds of Japanese fir (Abies firma Sieb. et Zucc.) growing in Fukushima forests 4.5 years after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.” Journal of Forest Research 22.6 : 343-347.

-Research Project Supporting Section- Studies on The Connectivity of Hills, Humans and Oceans

“The Connectivity of Hills, Humans and Oceans(CoHHO)” is a new integrative field science to support a harmonious coexistence between human and nature. The aim of this section is to promote researches on the Connectivity of Hills, Humans and Oceans such as in “the Kibunka (the culture nursed in forest) Project” by collaborating with other universities and institutions as well as laboratories within the FSERC. This section has been set up in November 2006 and consists of two professors, two researchers and a technical staff. We hold two laboratories for chemical analyses, equipped with various scientific instruments such as elemental analyzers and spectrophotometers.

■Chief, Professor
 TOKUCHI, Naoko, D.Agr. (Kyoto Univ.), Forest Ecosystem Ecology, Nitrogen Dynamics
■Program-Specific Researcher

■Technical Staff
 MUKAI, Masahiro