Takuya Sato, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Biodiversity, Laboratory of Ecology and speciation

Research Interests

How the complex ecological interactions among organisms play a role in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem functions? I use filed observations and large-scale field manipulation experiments to understand the causes and consequences of the ecological interactions. My recent interests are (1) how the parasites are embedded in natural communities and can affect other community members and ecosystem functions (2) how the perspectives of the cross-ecosystem resource fluxes can contribute to advance recently developing theories in community ecology, such as the meta-community theory.

Research Focus

  1. Parasite-mediated energy flow and its community/ ecosystem level consequences.
  2. Ontogenetic shifts of ecological roles and biodiversity
  3. Conservations/ managements of stream salmonids

Recent Publications

  • Sato, T., Egusa, T., Fukushima, K., Oda, T., Ohte, N., Tokuchi, N., Watanabe, K., Kanaiwa, M., Murakami, I. and Lafferty, K.D. (2012)
    Nematomorph parasites indirectly alter the food web and ecosystem function of streams through behavioural manipulation of their cricket hosts.
    Ecology Letters 15: 786-793.
  • Sato T., Watanabe, K., Tokuchi, N., Kamauchi, H., Harada Y. and Lafferty, K. D. (2011)
    A nematomorph parasite explains variation in terrestrial subsidies to trout streams in Japan.
    Oikos 120: 1595–1599.
  • Sato T., Watanabe, K., Kanaiwa, M., Niizuma, Y., Harada, Y., Lafferty, K. D. (2011)
    Nematomorph parasites drive energy flow through a riparian ecosystem.
    Ecology 92: 201–207.


Office: Bldg C, Room 324

Tel: +81-78-803-5705

E-mail: takuya@species.jp

URL: http://www.edu.kobe-u.ac.jp/fsci-satolab/