Current Members

Nao Takashina 

Principal Investigatortakashina(at)

My research focuses on conservation science and ecosystem management. It also incorporates general topics in ecology, such as macroecology, population dynamics, and ecological sampling theory. My current projects include (i) determining an effective implementation of protected areas, (ii) exploring socio-ecological systems in ecosystem management/conservation, and (iii) developing an ecosystem model that describes macroecological patterns across spatial scales.

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Hubert Cheung 

Visiting ResearcherMarie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow, Sapienza University of Romeh.cheung(at)

I use interdisciplinary methods to study the complex human dimensions of conservation. My research focuses on wildlife trade and conservation geopolitics. I work at the interface of science, policy and practice to deliver positive change for nature. In addition to my post at the University of Tokyo, I am also an Adjunct Faculty member at Northern Arizona University and a co-founder of Atlas Conservation Initiative, a registered charity in Canada.

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