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


Program Members


Name Yoshihiro NATUHARA Yoshihiro NATUHARA
Position, Department Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Office Room 227, Graduate School of Informatics and Sciences
Homepage Lab HP
Research Keywords Biodiversity, ecosystem services, satoyama landscape, urban centers, rice fields


 It is now widely understood that our happiness is contingent on our ability to sustain health ecosystems. At the same time, we have not yet succeeded in preventing the rapid disappearance of the natural habitats of organisms. Sustaining biodiversity will be impossible unless we are able to secure and protect nature reserves, and to facilitate the co-existence of humankind and nature. The densely populated regions of East and south-east Asia are key to achieving this objective. Biodiversity can only be sustained through the fusion of modern science with traditional wisdom such as the sustainable use of satoyama border zones between mountain foothills and arable flat land. My work focuses on elucidating how we can be make use of nature in order to conserve biodiversity without negatively affecting the happiness of current and future generations.

Research Themes

  • The evaluation of environmental capital and social capital and the proposal of regeneration scenarios for biodiversity regeneration in rice field areas
  • Habitat models for small animals
  • Relationships among forest, river, human and coastal ecosystems
  • Natural resource utilization in south-east Asia


1984 Ph.D., Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
1984 Postdoctoral Fellow, Osaka City Institute of Public Health and Environmental Sciences
1999 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University
2006 Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
2010 Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University

Papers & Publications

  • Uses of trees in paddy fields in Champasak Province, Southern Lao PDR. Landscape and Ecological Engineering 8, 115-122 (2011)
  • Development of microsatellite markers for Euryale ferox (Nymphaeaceae), an endangered aquatic plant species in Japan. American Journal of Botany 98: 233-235 (2011)
  • Indirect effects of excessive deer browsing through understory vegetation on stream insect assemblages. Population Ecology 54, 65-74 (2011)
  • Ecology of Cieties and Towns. A Comparative Approach, Cambridge University Press.(2009)

Lecture Courses Taught

Introduction to Studies on Environmental Materials and Infrastructure
Seminar on Environmental and Functional Molecules

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