Kazutaka Kimura

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Kazutaka Kimura
Miyagi University of Education

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
Research Fellow, Department of Biology,, Kyungpook National University,
Aug 2018
Sep 2018
Visiting Researcher, Federal Scientific Center of the East Asia Terrestrial Biodiversity, Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
May 2017
Mar 2018
Research Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
Apr 2014
Mar 2017
Collaborative Researcher, Environmental Education Center, Miyagi University of Education
Apr 2016
Jan 2017
Technical Assistant, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
Feb 2015
Jan 2016
Technical Assistant, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
Sep 2014
Jan 2015
Industry-Government-Academia Collaborative Researcher, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
Apr 2013
Aug 2014
Research Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
Jun 2012
Mar 2013
Research Fellow, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Apr 2012
May 2012
Visiting Research Scholar, Institute of Biological Sciences,, University of the Philippines,
Sep 2008
Mar 2012
Reseach Assistant, The GCOE program ”Ecosystem management adapting to global change”, Tohoku University
Nov 2009
Nov 2009
Visiting Researcher, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences,, Vrije University,


Apr 2008
Mar 2012
Doctoral course, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Apr 2006
Mar 2008
Master course, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Apr 2002
Mar 2006
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University

Published Papers

Discovery of Gastrocopta armigerella (Reinhardt, 1877) (Gastropoda: Gastrocoptidae) from Jeju Island, South Korea.
Kimura K, Chiba S, Pak JH
Molluscan Diversity   in press    2019   [Refereed]
Insights into the evolution of shells and love darts of land snails revealed from their matrix proteins
Shimizu K, Kimura K, Isowa Y, Oshima K, Ishikawa M, Kagi H, Kito K, Hattori M, Chiba S & Endo K
Genome Biology and Evolution   11(2) 380-397   2019   [Refereed]
An updated checklist of land and freshwater gastropod fauna on Ulleung Island, South Korea
Kimura K, Saito T, Chiba S & Pak JH
American Malacological Bulletin   in press    2019   [Refereed]
First record of the pseudoscorpion Garypus japonicus from the Korean Peninsula
Kimura K & Ohira H
Edaphologia   in press    2019
13- Single-gene speciation: Mating and gene flow between mirror image snails
Richards PM, Morii Y, Kimura K, Hirano T, Chiba S & Davison A
Evolution Letters   1(6) 282-291   2017   [Refereed]
12- Effect of injection of love-dart mucus on physical vigor in land snails: can remating suppression be explained by physical damage?
Kimura K, Shibuya K & Chiba S
Ethology Ecology & Evolution   28(3) 284-294   2016   [Refereed]
Hirano T, Kameda Y, Kimura K, Chiba S
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society   114 229-241   Jan 2015   [Refereed]
9- Interference effect of the alien land snail Macrochlamys sp. on the native land snail Bekkochlamys perfragilis.
Kimura K
Research Bulletin of Environmental Education Center, Miyagi University of Education   17 59-61   2015
Kimura K, Hirano T, Chiba S
Acta Ethologica      2015   [Refereed]

Books etc

Seven mysteries of molluscan life histories
Kazuki Kimura (Part:Joint Work, Chapter 1 "Runaway Love - Mating and love darts in land snails")
Toukai University Publishing   Apr 2016   

Research Grants & Projects

Multiple evolution of reproductive behaviors with weapon traits in molluscs
Fujiwara Natural History Foundation: Grant for natural history research
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Kimura K

Social Contribution

The attractiveness and values of land snails on islands - the case of the World Natural Heritage Ogasawara Islands
[Lecturer]  Gyeongsangbukudo Province, South Korea  4 Apr 2019
Cooperation for Conservation project of endangered species in South Korea
[Advisor, Informant, Investigater]  National Institute of Ecology, South Korea  2019 - Today
TV program "Viajeros" in Spanish TV
[Media coverage cooperation, Advisor]  Jun 2015 - Jun 2015
Love Hurts: What Happens When Snails Stab Their Mates
[TV or radio appearance, Contribution]  National Geographic (Japanese ver)  16 Mar 2015
Being Stabbed with a Mucus Dagger Is Not Even the Worst Part of Snail Sex
[TV or radio appearance, Contribution]  Discover - Science for the curious  13 Mar 2015
Till death us do dart - Conflict between the sexes
[TV or radio appearance, Contribution]  The Economist  11 Mar 2015
Love Hurts: What Happens When Snails Stab Their Mates
[TV or radio appearance, Contribution]  National Geographic  10 Mar 2015
Slijmerig liefdesspel
[Media coverage cooperation, Contribution]  De Volkskrant  17 Apr 2014
TV program "Mr Tokoro's Tidbits" in Japanese TV
[Media coverage cooperation, Advisor]  May 2013
Bizarre Valentine: Why Mating Snails Stab With 'Love Darts'
[TV or radio appearance, Contribution]  Our Amazing Planet  14 Feb 2013

Conference Activities & Talks

Land & freshwater gastropods on Ulleung Island: their uniqueness and conservation status [Invited]
Kimura K
2nd Gyeonbuk Ulleung Island Forum   Jul 2019   
Mate behavior and sexual conflict in simultaneously hermaphroditic land snails [Invited]
Kimura K, Chiba S & Koene JM
Shinshu University Biology Seminar   May 2014   
Reproductive strategies and post-copulatory sexual selection in hermaphroditic land snails
Kimura K
Annual meeting of the Japan Ethological Society 2013   Nov 2013   
Effect of mating history of a mating partner on reproductive resource allocation in molluscs [Invited]
Kimura K
Joint conference of the Plankton Society of Japan and the Benthos Society of Japan 2013   Sep 2013   
Mate manipulation and sexual conflict in simultaneously hermaphroditic land snails
Kimura K, Koene JM & Chiba S
Annual meeting of the Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan 2013   Aug 2013