Educational background

Ph.D. (Forestry, Kyoto University)

Key words for education

Forest Ecology, Forest Conservation, Environmental Conservation

Sample courses

Topics in Ecology, Applied Plant Ecology

Features of my courses

My courses provide students with fundamental knowledge on the ecological properties of plant individuals, plant populations, plant communities, and ecosystems from the viewpoint of forest ecology. Based on this knowledge, students are encouraged to discuss the environmental issues of Satoyama, biodiversity, global warming, and desertification. The courses form a solid basis, enabling students to conduct ecological research and translate environmental issues to the world.

Key words for research

Forest Regeneration, Tree Population Dynamics, Disturbance, Tree ring analysis, Satoyama

Key publications and conference presentations

  • Dinh TT, Kajikawa C, Akaji Y, Yamada K, Matsumoto TK, Makimoto T, Miki NH, Hirobe, M, Sakamoto K (2019) Stump sprout dynamics of Quercus serrata Thunb. and Q. acutissima Carruth. four years after cutting in an abandoned coppice forest in western Japan. Forest Ecology and Management, 435: 45-56.
  • Dinh TT, Akaji Y, Matsumoto T, Toribuchi T, Makimoto T, Hirobe M, Sakamoto K (2018) Sprouting capacity of Quercus serrata Thunb. and Quercus acutissima Carruth. after cutting canopy trees in an abandoned coppice forest. Journal of Forest Research, 23:287-296.
  • Akaji Y, Hirobe M, Miyazaki Y, Makimoto T, Kinoshita S, Hattori I, Sakamoto K (2017) Survival and growth of Fagus crenata seedlings in relation to biological and microtopographical factors in a cool temperate broadleaf forest, Journal of Forest Research, 22:294-302
  • Ariya U, Hamano K, Makimoto T, Kinoshita S, Akaji Y, Miyazaki Y, Hirobe M, Sakamoto K (2016) Temporal and spatial dynamics of an old-growth beech forest in western Japan. Journal of Forest Research, 21:73-83
  • Otoda T, Sakamoto K, Hirobe M, Undarmaa J, Yoshikawa K (2013) Influences of anthropogenic disturbances on the dynamics of white birch (Betula platyphylla) forests at the southern boundary of the Mongolian forest-steppe. Journal of Forest Research, 18: 82-92

What I like about Discovery

Diverse students gather in this program from different regions and countries. Many of them have the initiative to participate in program events as well as the desire to practically understand culture diversity, and intend to acquire specialized knowledge and skills. Teaching staff have experiences from various regions and countries, and they offer diverse educational programs related to their specialties. The unique learning environment created by students and staff is so wonderful! It provides students with opportunities to explore diverse views of science, culture, and society, and provides them with the motivation to contribute globally in the future.