Environmental Science

Environmental Science 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 Science 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

PARK Ho-Dong
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
KUNITO, Takashi
KUNITO, Takashi SOAR Professor
Effects of acid deposition on aluminum solubility and microbial processes in forest soils

Phosphorus cycling in forest soils
Koji SHIMANO SOAR Associate Professor
Plant ecology,
Conservation ecology,
Relationship between plants and animals,
Satoe KASAHARA SOAR Assistant Professor
Naoki MAKITA SOAR Assistant Professor
Naomi MURAKOSHI SOAR 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
Iwata Hiroki
Iwata Hiroki SOAR Associate Professor
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
Koichi SAKAKIBARA SOAR Assistant Professor