We study systematics, phylogenetics, morphology, biogeography, and speciation of inland animals, including vertebrates and invertebrates.
Associate Professor T. Nakano specializes in leech systematics, and now tackles the diversity of macrophagous worms inhabiting East and Southeast Asia; he also makes collaborative studies about taxonomy of talitrid amphipods, and ground spiders. Assistant Professor T. Okamoto is interested in molecular phylogeography and speciation of reptiles, and now studying Plestiodon in mainland of Japan and adjacent islands.
We have a collaborative staff, Professor M. Motokawa at the Kyoto University Museum. He studies systematics and phylogenetics of mammals, and organizes international research networks in East Asia. Students specializing in mammals are supervised by him.
Our researches are based on morphology and molecular genetics using field sampling and museum specimens, and output as articles on new species description, geographic variation study, phylogenetics, speciation, and so on.
See member list for research interests of the current menbers.
If you want to study such topics as a grauduate student, please contact us by e-mail.