Nagoya University Global COE Program: From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies


Program Members


Name Chisato TAKENAKA Chisato TAKENAKA
Position, Department Professor, Department of Biosphere Resources Science, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences
Office Room 552, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences/School of Agricultural Sciences, Building A
Research Keywords Forestry, Material Cycles, Water Quality, Trace Elements, Environmental Cleanup


How do various elements constituting the Earth crust circulate through, and how are they used within, ecosystems, including human activity? This is the crux of my interest in forest ecosystems. At present, most of my research focuses on material cycles within forest ecosystems, but forests are connected to farmland, to urban area and to the ocean through rivers, so I like to consider the entire forest ecosystem zone as being rather large. In this GCOE, I will be looking after the Southeast and South Asian region, particularly Laos. Developing countries such as Laos face a range of pressing issues, such as water pollution resulting from urbanization, and appropriate artificial forest management. I hope to pursue Clinical Environmental Studies-based research in these areas from the perspective of element circulation.

Research Themes

  • Impact of acid precipitation on forestry ecosystems
  • Impact of deterioration of artificial forests on forestry material cycles
  • Environmental cleanup using vegetation
  • Impact of changes in land use on basin material dynamics


Ph.D., Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
1985-1991 Fujitsu Laboratories
1991 Research Associate, School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University
1997 Associate Professor, School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University
2001- Current position

Papers & Publications

  • Hydrogeomorphology (1996) Tokyo: Kokon Shoin, pp.143-150 (in Japanese)
  • Hiroki S. (ed.) (2002) The Ecology of Satoyama. Nagoya: Nagoya University Press (in Japanese)
  • Nonaka K. (ed.) (2008) Lives of the Vientiane Plain. Mekong, pp.95-107 (in Japanese)
  • Kono Y (ed.) (2008) An Ecohistory of Monsoon Asia, vol.1, Production. Tokyo: Koubundou Publishers Inc.,pp.49-70 (in Japanese)
  • Akimichi T. (ed.)(2008) An Ecohistory of Monsoon Asia, vol.3, Lives and Bodies. Tokyo: Koubundou Publishers Inc., pp.65-84(in Japanese)

Lecture Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Inorganic Chemistry, Biosphere Environmental Sciences in Biosphere 2, Plant Environmental Physiology
Graduate: Principles of Bioagricultural Sciences I, Basics of Plant Production and Ecology, Environment and Bioresources

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