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Department of Mountain Ecosystem

The Department of Mountain Ecosystem studies in the adaptation of wildlife to severe habitats and cold climates including alpine regions, monitors biomes on the mountainous regions in response to the global warming, and surveys responses of aquatic ecosystem against environmental fluctuations including global climate change. Based on these studies, we estimate future images of ecosystems in mountain regions and related river basins, and release research finding for both academic areas and citizens.

International Mountain Cooperation Laboratory
  • 1. Group of Argali in Kyrgyzstan.
  • 2. A typical alpine legume in Japan, Oxytropis japonica.
  • 3. Observation of water quality at Lake Suwa.
  • 4. Basidiomata of Tricholoma matsutake occurred in a subalpine Abies veitchii forest on Mt. Norikura-dake.

Researchers List

Head of the Department of Mountain Ecosystem
Academic Assembly Associate Professor (Institute of Agriculture), Ph. D. in Agriculture
Yamada Akiyoshi
1997 Graduate School of Agriculture, University of Tsukuba (PhD)
1997 Research Scientist, Ibaraki Prefectural Forestry Institute
1999 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Shinshu University
2002 Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Shinshu University
Research Field
Mycology, especially in Mycorrhizology and Fungal Ecology
Research Theme
Ecophysiology of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, taxonomy of ectomycorrhizal fungi
My study is mainly focused on ecophysiology of symbiotic plant–fungus interactions, especially on mycorrhizal symbiosis. In addition, I conduct taxonomy of ectomycorrhizal mushroom fungi. Although mushrooms are eukaryotic multicellular organisms, its research activity require us the sense to see microorganisms. I aim to find new biological phenomena, and to clarify its underlying mechanisms, in the diverse ecological system of mountain regions.
Academic Assembly Professor (Institute of Agriculture), Ph. D. in Agriculture
Shigeyuki Izumiyama
Research Field
Zoology, Wildlife management
Research Theme
Study of wildlife ecology and conservation in the Japanese Alps and in Kyrgyzstan.
Assistant Professor, Institute for Mountain Science, Ph. D. in Agriculture
Akiko Takii
Research Field
Animal ecology, Wildlife management
Research Theme
Ecological studies on large mammals in mountainous region of central Japan