19th GCOE International Seminar

posted Oct 7, 2013, 3:27 AM by Lina Kawaguchi

The 19th Global COE International seminar course will be held in Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University, October 25-26, 2013.  All students are invited and encouraged to attend this seminar course. The seminar theme is Phylogenetics and Biodiversity. For details of this seminar, please go to "Upcoming Events" page.

18th GCOE International Seminar

posted Oct 7, 2013, 3:23 AM by Lina Kawaguchi

18th Global COE International seminar course will be held in Hakozaki campus, October 10, 2013. The speaker is Dr. Ashley Egan, Research Botanist at Smithsonian Institution, USA. She will talk about Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics of Phaseoloid Legumes. Please see "Upcoming Events" page for details.

6th Asian Conservation Ecology Seminar

posted Jun 15, 2013, 3:28 AM by Lina Kawaguchi

We will hold 6th Asian Conservation Ecology Seminar on June 24th at Hakozaki Campus. The guest speaker is Dr. Yayoi Takeuchi from National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). We are looking forward to your attendance.

Speaker: Yayoi Takeuchi (National Institute for Environmental Studies)
Date: June 24 (Mon) 16:30-18:00
Room: #3521 on 5th floor of Faculty of Sciences Building #3
Title: Is community dynamics of tropical forests really neutral?
*The talk will be in Japanese*

16th GCOE International Seminar

posted May 31, 2013, 12:12 AM by Lina Kawaguchi   [ updated Jun 10, 2013, 3:48 AM ]

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

posted Apr 3, 2013, 7:41 PM by Lina Kawaguchi

We will invite Mr. Meindert Brouwer from the Netherlands and have an international seminar. He will talk about practices of environmental economics such as payments for ecosystem services (PES).
This seminar is a part of
class subject "International Seminar I, II, III" in our education program of Asian Conservation Ecology GCOE. We would like graduate students taking these classes to attend this seminar. (Attendance at 2 international seminars are required for the credit.) For details, please see Upcoming Events.

International Symposium

posted Oct 27, 2011, 7:53 PM by Web Admin   [ updated Oct 30, 2011, 11:42 PM ]

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 for your attendance.

International Workshop

posted May 31, 2010, 12:33 AM by liang shi   [ updated Jun 14, 2010, 5:00 AM ]

Eco-evolutionary approaches to understanding and predicting the response of species range to climate change

Hakozaki, Kyushu University, Japan

28-30 August, 2010

More details at:

International Seminar

posted May 31, 2010, 12:19 AM by liang shi


Dr. Lawrence D. Harder

Machiavellian flowers: power and control in plant reproduction
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

posted May 13, 2010, 9:08 PM by liang shi   [ updated May 31, 2010, 8:55 PM ]

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



posted Feb 5, 2010, 8:51 PM by Web Admin   [ updated May 31, 2010, 12:33 AM by liang shi ]

Toward Developing Global Genetic Diversity Assessments

February 6-7, 2010

International Hall, Hakozaki, Kyushu University



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