The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund
Introduction to Grant Projects
Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University Associate Professor Akira Mori
Quantitative research into wildfire disturbances; ecosystem management within the Rocky Mountain range
- Project Description
Forest fires are beginning to occur with increasing frequency within landscapes along the Rocky Mountain range (North America). Is this recent incidence attributable to anthropogenic ally induced global warming, to the consequences of past fire suppression efforts, or to natural disturbances? In this research, we attempt to find out by assessing wildfire disturbance systems necessary to support ecosystems and biodiversity. We then propose ecosystem management policies for future application.
- Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
- Grant year
- FY2009 Research Grants
- Grant term
- 3 years
April 2010 - March 2013
- Grant amount
- 4,850,000 yen
- Activity region
- Canada, United States
Overview of the Organization
- Associate Professor Akira Mori
- Specialist fields
Forest ecology, ecosystem management, landscape ecology
Affiliated academic societies
The Ecological Society of Japan; the Japanese Forest Society; the International Association of Wildland Fire; Ecological Society of America
In 2003 became a Research Fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Graduate School of Agricultural, Kyoto University). In 2004 completed a Ph.D. (Agriculture; Kyoto University). In 2005 took the position of Postdoctoral Fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Simon Fraser University). In 2008, became an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Environmental and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University
- WEB site
- Collaborating researcher
- The University of Calgary/Biogeoscience Institute Fellow/Douglas J Hallett
- Research record
- (1) Mori AS; (2010) Considerations for risk management in ecosystems: perspectives from ecological variability and non-equilibrium dynamics. Japanese Journal of Ecology 60: In printing
- (2) Mori AS, Niinemets & Uuml;. (2010) Plant responses to heterogeneous environments: Scaling from shoot modules and whole plant functions to ecosystem processes. Ecological Research 25: 691-692.
- (3) Mori AS; (2010) Disturbance ecology clarifies the non-equilibrium nature of forest ecosystems. Japanese Journal of Ecology 60:19-39.
- (4) Mori AS; (2009) Forest management for conserving biodiversity: Matrix management in Swedish forests. Japanese Journal of Conservation Ecology 14:283-291.
- (5) Mori AS, Mizumachi E. (2009) Within-crown structural variability of dwarfed mature Abies mariesii in a snowy subalpine parkland in central Japan. Journal of Forest Research 14: 155-166.
- (6) Mori AS, Fukasawa Y, Takeda H. (2008) Tree mortality and habitat shifts in the regeneration trajectory underneath canopy of an old-growth subalpine forest. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 3758-3767.