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Research associate Koh Nakamura

International conservation collaboration system established based on Hokkaido's cross-border designated endangered species model

Research grant

Project Description

International conservation collaboration system established based on Hokkaido's designated endangered species model.
Many of Hokkaido's endangered plants are closely related species or the same species of plant found in Far East Russia and the Northern region. However, until now the effectiveness of the conservation plan was restricted by the non-biological framework border limitations. This research was in collaboration with overseas researchers to promote effective conservation, such as the conservation of populations within natural habitats, and protection and breeding of plants at Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens. This project helped clarify the gene flow of groups and connections due to the movement of seeds and pollen from Hokkaido and Northern areas. [Project No. R15-0067]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY15/3 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2016 - March 2019
Grant amount
6,372,000 yen
Activity region
Hokkaido, far East Russia, Northeast China, Korean Peninsula, Alaska
The protection and breeding of endangered species Enbisenoy at Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens

Overview of the Organization

Koh Nakamura, Research associate
Project organization
Hokkaido University Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere
Research associate Koh Nakamura
Specialist field: Plant lineage and classification, systematic Geography, conservation genetics
Affiliated academic societies: Botanical Society of America, International Biogeography Society, Taiwan Society of Plant Systematics, The Botanical Society of Japan, The Japanese Society for Plant Systematics (JSPS), The Ecological Society of Japan
Background: From 2004-2007, took part in the Research Fellowship for Young Scientists at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2007, acquired a Physics PhD from Ryukyu University. Through working as a 21st Century COE Program Post-Doctorate researcher at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, became a research fellow at the Taiwan's Academia Sinica from 2010 until 2015. Has been an assistant professor at the Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere at Hokkaido University since 2015. In 2012 he was awarded the Japan Society for Plan Systematics Incentive Award, and in 2013 was awarded the Sadao Ikehara Okinawa Biological Society Memorial Prize.
Research record
Investigated plants from Hokkaido, Ryukyu islands, Taiwan, Philippines, Oceania, South America to review their classification to reflect their evolutionary history, looked at the historical transition of seed dispersal, and are working on rare species conservation.
  • Nakamura et al. 2015. Plant Systematics and Evolution 301: 337-351.
  • Nakamura et al. 2014. PLOS ONE 9: e109797.
  • Nakamura et al. 2014. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 305-325.
  • Nakamura et al. 2012. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 486-499.
  • Nakamura et al. 2012. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 197-217.
  • Nakamura et al. 2010. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1907-1918.
  • Nakamura et al. 2009. Journal of Biogeography 36: 919-928.
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