Takahiro Hirano

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Name
Takahiro Hirano
Nickname
Takahiro Hirano
E-mail
hirano0223tgmail.com
Affiliation
Tohoku University
Section
Center for Northeast Asian Studies
Job title
Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph. D. (Life Science)(Tohoku University)

Profile

The biggest mystery of evolutionary ecology: why are there many kinds of organisms? Northeast Asia region (e.g. Japan, China, Korea, and the Far East Russia) has a high diversity of mollusks (land and freshwater snails) due to different geographical such as continents, islands and ancient lakes. In addition, mollusks are a good material for evolutionary ecology because they reflect ecology and environment in their shells which presevre well in the fossil record. Therefore, I am studying the process of species diversification using mollusks and their predators (e.g. insects and fishes) in the region. Through various combined approaches in molecular biology, paleontology and evolutionary ecology, I am conducting comparative studies on the evolutionary history of mollusks across the globe.
 Unfortunately, more mollusks have gone extinct than any other taxa since 1500 AD. In fact, human activities have caused significant changes in many endemic ecosystems including the Northeast Asia. Therefore, I am testing how human activities have influenced the diversification of mollusks, using not only genetics, but also archaelogocial resources such as shell mounds. To address the conservation problems such as rapid colonization of invasive speices and extinction of endemics, I am also conducting ecological research on endemic and alien species.
 Currently, I am comparing patterns of species diversification of land snails between Northeast Asia and the Galapagos Islands. I am testing the repeatability in species diversification and trying to disseminate the importance of biodiversity conservation in Northeast Asia to the world.

Research Areas

 
 

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Oct 2019
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Today
Assistant Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
 
Jun 2018
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Sep 2019
JSPS Overseas Research Fellowship (Postdoctoral Researcher), Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho
 
Oct 2017
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Mar 2018
Research Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
 
Apr 2017
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Sep 2017
Research Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
 
Apr 2016
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Mar 2017
Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (PD), Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
 
Apr 2015
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Mar 2016
Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (DC2), Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
 
Sep 2014
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Mar 2015
Research Assistant (RA), Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
 
Sep 2013
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Mar 2014
Research Assistant (RA), Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
 

Education

 
Apr 2013
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Mar 2016
Graduate School of Life Sciences (Ph. D.), Tohoku University
 
Apr 2011
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Mar 2013
Graduate School of Life Sciences (MS), Tohoku University
 
Apr 2007
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Mar 2011
Biology (BS), Faculty of Science, Shizuoka University
 

Awards & Honors

 
Mar 2016
The Best Award Selected by the Chairman of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Winner: Hirano, T.
 
Mar 2016
The Award for Excellent Doctoral Thesis, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Winner: Hirano, T.
 
Apr 2013
The Best Presentation Award for Students, Malacological Society of Japan
Winner: Hirano, T.
 

Published Papers

 
Hirano, T., Asato, K., Yamamoto, S., Takahashi, Y. & Chiba, S.
Scientific Reports   9 15886   2019   [Refereed]
Hirano, T., Saito, T., Tsunamoto, Y., Koseki, J., Prozorova, L., Do, V. T., Matsuoka, K., Nakai, K., Suyama, Y. & Chiba, S.
Molecular Ecology   in press    2019   [Refereed]
von Oheimb, K.C.M., von Oheimb, P. V., Hirano, T., Do, T. V., Ablett, J., Luong, H. V., Pham, S. V. & Naggs, F.
PLOS ONE   14(10) e0222163   2019   [Refereed]
First records of Meghimatium sp. collected from Gunma and Yamagata Prefecture.
Hirano, T., Kameda, Y., Saito, T., Yamazaki, D. & Uchida, S.
Newsletter of the Malacological Society of Japan   in press    2019   [Refereed]
Hirano, T., Saito, T., Tsunamoto, Y., Koseki, J., Ye, B., Do, V. T., Miura, O., Suyama, Y. & Chiba, S.
Scientific Reports   9 6223   2019   [Refereed]
Yamazaki, D., Hirano, T., Uchida, S., Miura, O. & Chiba, S.
Journal of Molluscan Studies   85(1) 24-34   2019   [Refereed]
Hirano, T., Yamazaki, D., Uchida, S., Saito, T. & Chiba, S.
BioInvasions Records   8(2) 258-265   2019   [Refereed]
Hirano, T., Kameda, Y., Saito, T. & Chiba, S.
Journal of Biogeography   46(6) 1197-1213   2019   [Refereed]
Hirano, T., Wada, S., Mori, H., Uchida, S., Saito, T. & Chiba S.
Journal of Molluscan Studies   84(2) 148-156   2018   [Refereed]
von Oheimb, P. V., von Oheimb, K. C. M., Hirano, T., Do, T. V., Luong, H. V., Ablett, J., Pham, S. V., & Naggs, F.
Ecology & Evolution   8(8) 4136-4149   2018   [Refereed]