Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences may not be a very familiar field, but it lies at the boundary of basic natural sciences. Based on what was systematic basic knowledge, this course pioneers new research and education fields.
Shinshu University is located in the middle of an environment blessed with nature, sparkling alps and pure mountain streams. The best selling point of this department is being able to conduct our lectures, practical training and research in the middle of this richly abundant natural environment. Unfortunately, these days we have to worry about how long we will be able to preserve natural environments like this. Both locally and globally, environmental change is becoming obvious everywhere.
With complex relationships between the mechanisms of environment change, we are currently not easily able to open the way for harmonious coexistence between mankind and nature. We believe that the first step toward opening the way is to acquire an accurate understanding of the flow of matter, or the cycles of material, at the interface of these complex relationships. Thorough study and research of each outcome of the natural sciences - mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, geophysics, biology, etc. - and, where applicable, of human society and culture, is essential for clarifying these mechanisms. The Department of Environmental Sciences aims to teach the cyclical nature of matter as the origin of environment change to aid understanding from a broad perspective. Environmental issues are so huge that human society will no longer be able to steer around them. That is why we aim to foster researchers and other members of society who will apply the knowledge they have acquired and tackle this range of different problems. We are looking for students who are looking for somewhere to apply their love of nature, their thirst for more knowledge of nature, and their passion.

Teaching and Research Faculty

戸田 任重
HideshigeTODA SOAR Professor
Nitrogen cycling in terrestrial aquatic environments (rivers, lakes, and groundwaters)
朴 虎東
PARK Ho-Dong SOAR Professor
Dynamics of cyanotoxins produced by cyanbacteria in the aquatic ecosystem,
Solution and research of the freshwater red tide and cyanobacteria bloom mechanism,
Autecology and life cycle of the harmful algae,
Development of the cyanobacteria control method and the analytical methods of cyanotoxins
島野 光司
Koji SHIMANO SOAR Associate Professor
Plant ecology,
Conservation ecology,
Relationship between plants and animals,
國頭 恭
KUNITO, Takashi SOAR Associate Professor
Effects of acid deposition on aluminum solubility and microbial processes in forest soils

Phosphorus cycling in forest soils
鈴木 啓助
Keisuke SUZUKI SOAR Professor
Atmospheric and hydrospheric environment in mountainous area,
Hydrology in the cold environment,
Snow chemsitry
村越 直美
Naomi MURAKOSHI SOAR Senior Assistant Professor Associate Professor
sedimentology of fluvial systems
depositional process of shallow marinedepositional system
analysis of growth lines of bivalves
glacioeustatic sea level change and evolution depositional systems
phenological impact due to global warming
depositional process of tsunami sediments
preservation of sedimentary structures
岩田 拓記
Iwata Hiroki SOAR
Energy and mass exchanges between the atmoshere and land surface,
Turbulent transfer of heat and gases in the atmospheric boundary layer,
Obserational technique of turbulent flux
山本 雅道
Masamichi,Yamamoto SOAR Assistant Professor
花里 孝幸
HANAZATO, Takayuki SOAR Professor
The change of zooplankton community in eutrophicated lake
Zooplankton ecology in macrophyte beds
The prey-predator relationship in zooplankton community
The effect of global warming and toxins in lake ecosystems
Biomanipulation for lake water quality improving
宮原 裕一
MIYABARA, Yuichi SOAR Associate Professor
The change of water quality and ecosystem in Lake Suwa,
Environmental fate of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
Environmental Chemistry