Name KITAMURA Wataru
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Department of Restoration Ecology and Built Environment, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Profile I specialize in conservation biology, behavioral ecology, and ornithology. The decrease in biodiversity in recent years has become a major concern for human society and a challenge for the future. Coexistence with wildlife is essential for a sustainable society, but there are many cases where conflicts arise between human activities and wildlife. However, I believe that there are many opportunities to improve these conflicts depending on the ingenuity of humans. From the perspective of biodiversity conservation, our laboratory conduct research on the conservation of animals (especially birds), and aim to propose methods for "symbiosis between humans and wildlife" to society. At the same time, we also conduct basic biological research on target species since conservation activities require ecological knowledge of them.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Solving conflict between energy and biodiversity

    Recently, renewable energies are attracting attention in response to energy policies aimed at diversifying energy sources and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, there are known examples of negative impacts on biodiversity, such as bird collision to wind turbines. We are conducting research aiming to propose the best mix of energy use from the perspective of biodiversity conservation.

  2. (2) Conservation of endangered species

    Species extinction is thought to have an unpredictable and irreversible impact on biodiversity. Therefore, we study the ecology of endangered species to investigate the factors that cause population declines. We also conduct research to propose conservation measures on focal species and measure their effectiveness.

  3. (3) Urban greening and ecological network

    Species extinction is thought to have an unIt is known that urban greening can improve ecological function of city and biodiversity. We are investigating the effects of greening on biological habitats and ecological networks at various scales, and using this information to propose better urban planning.

Representative Papers
  1. (1) Ando, H., Mori, Y., Nishihiro, M., Mizukoshi, K., Akaike, M., Kitamura, W., & Sato, N. J. (2021). Highly mobile seed predators contribute to interisland seed dispersal within an oceanic archipelago. Oikos, accepted.
  2. (2)Kasahara, S., Morimoto, G., Kitamura, W., Imanishi, S., & Azuma, N. (2020). Rice fields along the East Asian-Australasian flyway are important habitats for an inland wader’s migration. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-9.
  3. (3)Kikuchi, D. M., Nakahara, T., Kitamura, W., & Yamaguchi, N. M. (2019). Estimating Potential Costs of Cumulative Barrier Effects on Migrating Raptors: A Case Study Using Global Positioning System Tracking in Japan. In Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts (pp. 51-65). Springer, Cham.
  4. (4)Kobori, H., Dickinson, J. L., Washitani, I., Sakurai, R., Amano, T., Komatsu, N., Kitamura, W., Takagawa, S., Koyama, K., Ogawara, T., & Miller-Rushing. A. J. (2016) Citizen science: a new approach to advance ecology, education, and conservation. Ecological Research 31: 1-19.
  5. (5)Bonisoli-Alquati, A., Koyama, K., Tedeschi, D. J., Kitamura, W., Sukuzi, H., Ostermiller, S., Arai, E., Møller, A. P., & Mousseau T. A. (2015) Abundance and genetic damage of barn swallows from Fukushima. Scientific Reports 5: 1-8.
  6. (6)Kitamura, W., Fujita, G., and Higuchi, H (2011) Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) parents use past information to decide on food provisioning to the brood, but not to decide on allocation within the brood. Journal of Ethology 29: 409-417.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Ecology, Conservation Biology, Taxnomy
Education Field (Graduate level) Conservation Biology