Faculty of Agriculture | Okayama University


Course of Environmental Ecology

The Course of Environmental Ecology provides educational programs and research activities for environmental conservation, safety and efficiency in food production and marketing systems, and economical resource management.

This course offers a broad range of study fields in the environmental sciences, which focus on the study of ecosystems, and regional and global environment. Opportunities for research in a variety of environments are available. In ecological studies for environmental conservation, area specializations include population ecology, ecosystems ecology, physiological ecology, evolutionary ecology, forest ecology, and restoration ecology. For resource management and security and efficiency in food production and marketing systems, area specializations include agricultural economics, social science, marketing system analysis, and bio-production system engineering. Students in the course are expected to become researchers, engineers, and future leaders who solve problems in environmental conservation, food safety, and resource management, from both the local and global viewpoints.

Research Units

Physiological Plant Ecology

Prof. SAKAMOTO Keiji / Prof. MIKI Naoko

Physiological Plant Ecology Unit URL

Analysis of ecology characteristics of greenery areas and physiology characteristis of greenery area plants

Forest Ecology

Assoc. Prof. HIROBE Muneto / Assoc. Prof. MIYAZAKI Yuko

Forest Ecology Unit URL

Tree ecophysiology and management of forest ecosystem

Environmental Soil Science

Assoc. Prof. SHIMA Kazuto

Environmental Soil Science Unit URL

Greenery of degraded land by substance dynamics analysis of soil-plant systems

Conservation of Aquatic Biodiversity

Assoc. Prof. FUKUDA Hiroshi

Conservation of Aquatic Biodiversity Unit URL

Biodiversity analysis of aquatic ecosystems, and development of conservation technology

Evolutionary Ecology

Prof. MIYATAKE Takahisa / Assoc. Prof. OKADA Kensuke

Evolutionary Ecology

Evolutionary ecology analysis of biological interaction and biodiversity

Bioproduction Systems Engineering

Prof. MONTA Mitsuji / Assoc. Prof. NAMBA Kazuhiko

Bioproduction Systems Engineering Unit URL

Development of bioproduction machines and facilities, and robot use

Farm Management Systems and Information Processing

Assoc. Prof. OHNAKA Katsutoshi

Farm Management Systems and Information Processing

Food production related information processing and establishment of management systems

Resources Management

Assoc. Prof. DATAI Hisashi

Resources Management Unit URL

Efficient use of local resources and development of plans for resource conservation and use

International Rural Development

Prof.KIM Doo-Chul / Prof. UBUKATA Fumikazu / Assoc. Prof. HONDA Yasuko

International Rural Development Unit URL
Woman Tenure Track

Assist. Prof. HIGASHIGUCHI Akiko

Woman Tenure Track(Environment ecology) URL

Rural planning, Rural resource management, Human dimensions of Wildlife management