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■  Though a forest may appear to you as merely one landscape unit, it consists of many living plants, animals and microorganisms that comprise an ecosystem. Moreover, the number of species and individuals you might expect to find there is dependent upon your focal range of eyesight, be it a bird’s eye, a monkey’s eye, or an insect’s eye. If you come to appreciate just how rich these ecosystems are, you may be immediately driven to ask more questions, such as: how do individuals and species interact with each other? What are some of the ecological and historical consequences for the co-existence of these forest species? What will their future be, because the present co-existence of different taxa, as visible to human eyes, is never static, but continues to evolve through time?.
Global climate change is scarcely recognizable in our daily lives, yet it has massive impacts upon ecosystems and living organisms (including humans) through alteration of biological interactions and diversity patterns. Recent scientific analysis reports that global warming has been accelerating much faster than previously estimated, and is now proceeding on a yearly basis. What consequences will these changes have on our daily lives? It can be anticipated that large-scale changes in ecosystem services, biodiversity, and evolutionary process of living organisms will eventually produce a radically new paradigm for resource use and accessibility to nature.
In our forest ecology laboratory, we have been studying biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of conservation biology, evolutionary processes of plants and animals, and socio-ecosystem interactions. Our main focal area has been on tropical forests, a melting pot of human–biological interactions, where deforestation and degradation of ecosystems have taken place at rapid rates over the last few decades. Nevertheless, in order to extrapolate our findings to biological rules, we are also working on many other ecosystems in temperate forests and grasslands at a global scale.
We welcome anybody who is interested in these fields of biology, ecology and environmental sciences to knock on the door of our office, where we can begin to think and act together. Hereafter, we introduce our ongoing project related to biodiversity and its local benefits.

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  • 熱帯林再生記念植樹際を開催します(2012年9月19日)広島大学-コベルコ(株)-マレーシア森林研究所共催

Hiroshima University
  • 生物多様性
  • 温暖化・吸収源
  • 熱帯植物
  • 身近な生き物
  • 放射線災害復興学
  • 当研究室の取り組み
  • このプログラムで学んで見たい人へ(受験応募)
  • 日本熱帯性学会
  • 生態学会HP
  • 気候変動-生物多様性に関する国際シンポジウム(9月25-26日)
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