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Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Assistant Professor Takehiro Sasaki
Estimates of ecological function changes in biodiversity extinction scenarios: towards sustainable utilization of the Mongolian steppe
- Project Description
On the Mongolian steppe where desertification due to grazing and climate change is becoming a problem, this research is conducting on-site experiments on realistic seed extinction scenarios to learn the effects on ecosystem functions. Evaluate the effects of human activity, climate change and their interaction on ecosystem functions by testing seed extinction scenarios on the steppe, with the ultimate goal of providing ecosystem management proposals for the sustainable utilization of the Mongolian steppe.
- Grant year
- FY2012 Research Grants
- Grant term
- 3 years
April 2013 - March 2016
- Grant amount
- 5,820,000 yen
- Activity region
Overview of the Organization
- Assistant Professor Takehiro Sasaki
- Specialist field
Landscape ecology, community ecology
Affiliated academic societies
The Ecological Society of Japan, Japanese Society of Grassland Science
In 2004, graduated from the School of Science, The Univeristy of Tokyo. In 2009, graduated from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo. PhD in agriculture. In April 2009, became GCOE Fellow of Ecological Adaptation and Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University. In June 2012, became Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo (continues).
- Collaborating researchers
- Yuu Yoshihara (Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University), Nyambayar Dashzeveg (National University of Mongolia)
- Research record
- (1) Sasaki, T., Katabuchi, M., Kamiyama, C., Shimazaki, M., Nakashizuka, T. & Hikosaka, K. (2014) Vulnerability of moorland plant communities to environmental change: consequences of realistic species loss on functional diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.
- (2) Sasaki, T. & Lauenroth, W.K. (2011) Dominant species rather than diversity regulates temporal stability of plant communities. Oecologia, 166, 761-768.
- (3) Sasaki, T., Okubo, S., Okayasu, T., Jamsran, U., Ohkuro, T. & Takeuchi, K. (2009) Two-phase functional redundancy in plant communities along a grazing gradient in Mongolian rangelands. Ecology, 90, 2598-2608.
- (4) Sasaki, T., Okubo, S., Okayasu, T., Jamsran, U., Ohkuro, T. & Takeuchi, K. (2009) Management applicability of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis across Mongolian rangeland ecosystems. Ecological Applications, 19, 423-432.
- (5) Sasaki, T., Okayasu, T., Jamsran, U. & Takeuchi, K. (2008) Threshold changes in vegetation along a grazing gradient in Mongolian rangelands. Journal of Ecology, 96, 145 154.