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Yokohama National University, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences     Associate Professor: Akira Mori

Presentation of guidelines for forest regeneration based on the link between the functionality and diversity of the ecosystem

Research grant

Project Description

Eco-system services, such as food supply and climate adjustment, are being established to demonstrate diverse functionality, such as various kinds of organisms interacting with each other, decomposition of organic matter and retention of nutrients in the soil. For restoration of the ecosystem, both the perspectives of species diversity and variety of functions are important. In this research, we have quantified biodiversity and biological diversity of soil and plants in the Shiretoko forest. In addition to this, work to continue quantifying nature restoration trials in different locations will also get underway this year. A comprehensive recovery method will be proposed from forecasts of forest dynamics carried out which look 200 years ahead using a "process-base model" method based on these findings. [No. R17-0062]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2017 Research Grants
Grant term
Three years (From April 2018 to March 2021)
Grant amount
13.1 million yen
Activity region
Shari Town, Hokkaido, "Shiretoko's 100 square meter exercise space, located in Shiretoko National Park"
"Shiretoko Forest", "Research conducted in the area managed by the Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Movement Trust and surrounding research areas"

Overview of the Organization

Associate Professor: Akira Mori
Project organization
Yokohama National University
Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences
Associate Professor: Akira Mori
Specialist field: Ecology
Affiliated academic societies: The Ecological Society of Japan
Background: Doctor (agriculture)
Research record
  • Acquired a doctorate in agriculture from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 2004. After working in Kyoto University, is currently working at Simon Fraser University.
  • Conducted overseas research as a visiting researcher at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, and University of Calgary. Is working on ecology-based fieldwork in Honshu, Hokkaido, and Canada's Arctic Circle.
  • Currently serving as a member of the Forest Regeneration Special Committee in Shari Town, Hokkaido, a cooperative member of The Science Council of Japan (Ecological Science Subcommittee, Forest Study Subcommittee, Young Academy Member), and specialist writer at IPBES (Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). Member of the editorial committee of U.S.'s Environmental Management and U. K's Journal of Applied Ecology.
  • Main published work includes "Diversity of biodiversity", 2018, Kyoritsu Publishing and "Ecosystem Management", 2012, Kyoritsu Publishing, among others.
  • Results of research published on Shiretoko National Park include "Ecology Letters", "Journal of Applied Ecology", "Journal Biogeography", and "Global Ecology and Biogeography."
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