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 Junior associate professor
EDOUARD Alexandre Lavergne, Ph.D. Marine Biology (Brest Univ.), Environmental Biology
Email : lavergne.edouardalexandr.8a_at_kyoto-u.ac.jp

* Lavergne, E., Calves, I., Meistertzheim, A. L., Charrier, G, Zajonz, U. and Laroche, J. (2014) Complex genetic structure of Terapon jarbua (Forsskål, 1775) nurseries in temporarily open closed estuaries from the wider Gulf of Aden. Marine Biology, 161, 1113–1126. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-014-2404-z
* Lavergne, E., Zajonz, U. and Sellin, L. (2012) Length-weight relationships of Terapon jarbua (Forsskål, 1775) from the N-W Indian Ocean including Socotra Island. J. of App. Icht., 29(1), 274–277. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0426.2012.02018.x
* Lavergne, E., Calves, I., Zajonz, U. and Laroche, J. (2011). Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite loci of Terapon jarbua (Forsskål, 1775) from Socotra Island (Gulf of Aden) using multiplex PCR. Electronic supplement to Agostini et al. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 October 2010-30 November 2010. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11(2), 418–421. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2010.02970.x

■Program-Specific Assistant Professor
KADOWAKI, Komei, Ph.D. Biological Sciences (Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand), Community ecology
Email : kadowaki.komei.5x_at_kyoto-u.ac.jp

* Kadowaki K, Nishijima S, Kéfi S, Kameda KO, Sasaki T. (2018) Merging community assembly into the regime-shift approach for informing ecological restoration. Ecological Indicators, 85:991-998
* Kadowaki K, Barbera CG, Godsoe W, Delsuc F, Mouquet N (2016) Predicting biotic interactions and their variability in a changing environment. Biology Letters. 12: 20151073
* Kadowaki K, Leschen RAB, Beggs JR (2011) Competition-colonization dynamics of spore-feeding beetles on the long-lived bracket fungi Ganoderma in New Zealand native forest. Oikos 120: 776-786.

■Program-Specific Assistant Professor
Oba, Yurika,
Email :

■Program-Specific Assistant Professor
AKAISHI, Daisuke,
Email :

-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
YAMASHITA, Yoh, D. Agr.(Univ. of Tokyo), Coastal Ecology, Ecophy siology, Nursery Habitats
■Program-Specific Researcher

■Technical Staff
MUKAI, Masahiro