Most mammals in Japan are forest species, and the decrease and fragmentation of their habitats due to road construction, residential land development, and farmland expansion have become major issues. Since exchanges between populations are hindered and road kill (which occurs when cars hit animals) occurs, we've studied animals' ability to move and other basic ecology, examined effective measures to ensure uninterrupted movement of animals, and verified their effects (Photo 1). We've also studied the ecology of raccoons and other animals that affect the agriculture and livestock industries from the viewpoint of feeding damage and transmission of diseases, and we've used the results to reduce and prevent damage.
List of current research topics
Biology of arborela mammals in urban forest
Biology of bats in Amami-Oshima Island
Countermeasure of roadkill
Effect of over and under passes
Biology of raccoon in rural area
Affiliated academic society
The Ecological Society of Japan, The Mammal Society of Japan, Japan Society for Impact Assessment, Association of Wildlife and Human Society
Mammalian Science; 2014-present
I was born in Odate City (the former Tashiro Town), Akita Prefecture. I grew up in mountains where Asiatic black bears and Japanese serows would show up behind my house. Sometimes I'd go fishing in the river.