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Director, Natural History and Conservation

photo of Taku MIZUTA

e-mail: mizuta(a)yamashina.or.jp (Please replace (a) with @)

I studied breeding ecology of the Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher in Madagascar as my PhD and Postdoc research. After that, I engaged in the conservation project of endangered and endemic species in Amami-Oshima Island, targeted at the Amami Thrush, the Amami Woodcock and the Amami Rabbit, for 13 years. Currently at YIO, I will manage several research projects such as bird banding, tracking shorebirds migration, etc.

1989-1993Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Osaka City University (under graduate)
1993-1996Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University (MA)
1996-1997Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University (PhD)
1997-2000Department of Zoology, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University (PhD)
Research Experience and main subject species
2000-2003Research Fellow of Kyoto University – Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher
2003-2006Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (at Toho University) – Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, lemurs, amphibians and reptiles
2006-2019Acting Ranger, Amami Wildlife Conservation Center, Ministry of the Environment – Amami Thrush, Amami Woodcock, Amami Rabbit
2019Chief, Division of Avian Conservation (Bird Migration Research Center) – Birds
2020Chief, Division of Natural History (concurrent role)
2022Director, Natural History and Conservation
Papers and Reports

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