16th GCOE International Seminar
Asia Conservation Ecology GCOE will hold 16th  International Seminar on June 12th at Hakozaki Campus. The guest speaker is Dr. Erika Edwards from Brown University. 

This seminar is a part of the classes "International Seminar I, II, III" of Asian Conservation Ecology course. Please note students in our education program must  attend GCOE International Seminar at least two times per year.

16th GCOE International Seminar
Speaker: Erika Edwards (Brown University)
Date: June 12 (Wed) 17:00-18:00
Room: #3521 on 5th floor of Faculty of Sciences Building #3
Title: Convergent evolution in plants
Abstract: At first glance, plants are remarkably diverse, measured by any yardstick. A closer look, however, will reveal a very common set of ecological syndromes that have evolved time and time again, in many distantly related plant groups, suggesting that there are certain evolutionary trajectories in plants that are more 'accessible' than others. I will discuss the evolutionary history of two very distinct plant ecological syndromes: C4 photosynthesis, and the temperate deciduous leaf habit. In both cases, there is a strong phylogenetic clustering of origins, implying that certain lineages have an elevated evolutionary accessibility to these syndromes. In the case of C4 photosynthesis, we have identified a leaf anatomical trait in non-C4 relatives that may act as a precursor to the C4 syndrome. From our work on tropical-temperate transitions in the woody plant lineage Viburnum, we have identified a new suite of leaf traits that have co-evolved during movements into the northern temperate zone, and suggest a new hypothesis for why so many temperate trees have toothed or lobed leaves.

We are also planning to go dinner with Dr. Edwards and Dr. David Chatelet after the seminar. If you want to join us, please contact a GCOE staff. We are looking forward to your participation.


15th GCOE International Seminar

"The Ecosystem Promise"
Meindert Brouwer

Date: April 15, 2013   16:30-18:00
Room: #3521 on 5th floor in Building 3 of Faculty of Sciences, Hakozaki Campus

Meindert Brouwer will address a new trend: assigning financial value to nature and payment for ecosystem services (PES) that Nature has in store. He will explain the values of ecosystems and the benefits of ecosystem services and  how nature conservation and restoration contribute to water supply, food security, poverty alleviation, health, human well-being and new jobs. Services such as food, water, medicinal plants, pollination of crops by insects, climate regulation, regulation of water flows, drought and flood protection, waste treatment, opportunities for tourism and more.He will show  that making use of the services of nature in a responsible way is often much cheaper than building installations and maintaining these. He will explain that investments in nature conservation and restoration are business opportunities.

Meindert Brouwer is an independent conservationist and a writer, based in the Netherlands. Previously he has been employed by KPMG Accountants and Consultants and by Worldwide Fund for Nature WWF. In 2007 he published Amazon Your Business / Opportunities and solutions in the rain forest about a sustainable forest economy in the Amazon. In 2012 he published The Ecosystem Promise on which his lecture is based. The book presents best practices from all over the world, including  Biodiversity services at Kyushu University. Both books have been well received and distributed to over 80 countries.
For more information visit http://amazonyourbusiness.com and http://www.ecosystempromise.net


Asian Biodiversity Symposium for The 100th anniversary of Kyushu University
 "Ecology and Biodiversity Science as a basis of sustainable society in harmony with nature"
November 19, 2011   Inamori Hall at Inamori Center(in Ito Campus)

10:00-11:00 Tetsukazu Yahara Asian conservation ecology: Kyushu
University's efforts ranging from our new campus to tropical Asia
11:00-12:00 Simon Levin (Princeton University)
Lunch break
13:30-14:30 Michael Donoghue (Yale University)
14:40-15:10 Yoh Iwasa (Department of Sciences, Kyushu University)
15:10-15:40 Yukihiro Shimatani (Department of Technology, Kyushu University)
16:00-17:30 Panel discussion
Please contcat at kanri@conservationecology.asia for your attendance.

Memorial Symposium for Establishment of Center for Asian Conservation Ecology


May 2, 2011, Main Hall at The Kyushu University School of Medicine Centennial Hall(1-1 Maidashi 3-chome Higashi-ku, Fukuoka), 1:00pm-5:30pm, Free Admission

Clebratory party 6:00pm-7:30pm at Hall 1 (\3000yen, For students \2000yen)


Contact: GCOE office kanri@conservationecology.asia


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An International jiont workshop of bioDISCORVERY, bioGENESIS and DIVERSITAS
''Eco-evolutionary Approaches to Understanding and Predicting Response of Species Range to Climate Change''
An International joint workshop of 
August 28-30 2010, Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University

International Seminar
Machiavellian flowers: power and control in plant reproduction
May 11, Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University
Lecturer: Lawrence D. Harder
                  (University of Calgary)

In general, plant reproduction involves interactions between participants with contrasting self-interests. Although such interactions are evident in sexual conflict, parent-offspring competition and sibling rivalry, they are most obvious for plants that rely on animals to disperse their pollen.  Pollinators typically visit flowers to obtain food and while serving their self-interest they coincidentally disperse pollen, which serves the plant's self-interest.  Although mutual benefit can result, it need not, and various characteristics of flowers act as evolutionary adaptations to manipulate pollinators and promote pollen dispersal.  Using examples drawn from my research during the past two decades I will interpret a variety of floral and inflorescence characteristics from this perspective.  These examples provide explanations for: why plants are so attractive; why they restrict pollen removal by individual pollinators; the high frequency of pollination by deceit in orchids, but not other angiosperms; and the size and structure of inflorescences, including the segregation of sex roles.


International Symposium
Ecology, Migration and Conservation of Black-faced Spoonbill
March 4-7, 2010, Nishijin Plaza, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

Goto Symposium Homepage (English)



Toward Developing Global Genetic Diversity Assessments

February 6-7, 2010

International Hall, Hakozaki, Kyushu University


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GCOE Joint Symposium
(Kyushu University, University of Tokyo)
Feb 4-5, Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University