Graduate School Department /Course /Field Interdisciplinary Environment/Dynamics of Natural Environment/Dynamics of Biological Environment
Undergraduate School Division of Natural Sciences
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Research areas ecology, biodiversity, evolution
Keywords ecology, biodiversity, mutualism,natural history
Themes My major study is networks of interspecific interactions in natural ecosystems. Three recent research projects are: 1. Pollination mutualism in various ecosytems, and evolution of plants and pollinators mediated by pollination mutualism, 2. Evolution of host-plant selection patterns and mining patters in leafminers, and dynamics in plant-leafminer-parasitoid systems. 3. Conservation of biodiversity in coastal ecosystems.
Major publications Kato, M. & T. Inoue (1994) Origin of insect pollination. Nature 368: 195.
Kato, M. (1995) The aspidistra and the amphipod. Nature 377: 293.
Kato, M. (1996) Plant-pollinator interactions in the understory of a lowland mixed dipterocarp forest in Sarawak. American Journal of Botany 83: 732-743.
Kato, M. (2001) 'SATOYAMA' and biodiversity conservation: 'SATOYAMA' as important insect habitats. Global Environmental Research 5: 131-145.
Kato, M., A. Takimura & A. Kawakita (2003) An obligate pollination mutualism and reciprocal diversification in hte tree genus Glochidion (Euphorbiaceae). PNAS 100: 5264-5267
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Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses (Master's program)
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program)
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments
Background Professor: Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, kyoto University, 2002-
Associate Professor: Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, 1997-2002
Associate Professor: School of Arts and Sciences, Kyoto University, 1992-1997