Jotaro Urabe

Professor, Aquatic  Ecology Lab
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Graduate School of Life Sciences
Tohoku University


  • 1978- 1982 Undergraduate Course, Tokyo University of Fisheries
  • 1982- 1984 Master Course, Tokyo University of Fisheries
  • 1984 – 1987 Ph. D. Course, Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • 1988 Ph. D. (Doctor of Science), Tokyo Metropolitan University

Professional Career

  • 1987-1989 Officer, Education Bureau of Chiba Prefecture.
  • 1989-1992 Research Scientist, Department of Ecology, Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba.
  • 1992-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Tokyo Metropolitan University.
  • 1994-1995 Visiting Scientist, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota.
  • 1995 – 2003 Associate Professor, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University.
  • 2003-present Professor, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University


  • 2001 Biwako Prize for Ecology
  • 2004 The Ecological Research Award
  • 2012 The Ecological Research Award
  • 2013 The best Paper Award of the Plankton Society of Japan
  • 2014 The Ecological Society of Japan Award
  • 2015 The Best Paper Award of the Japanese Society of Limnology
  • 2018 ASLO Fellows, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • 2019 Zoological Science Award

Professional societies

Academic services (2010~)

  • 2000-2002, 2003-2004, …., 2016-2017, 2017-2019 Council, The Japanese Limnological Society
  • 1998- 2003 Consulting Editors, Aquatic Ecology.
  • 1999- 2001 Treasurer, The Ecology Society of Japan
  • 2003- Advisory Board, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University
  • 2003-2005 SC, Global Land Project (IGBP)
  • 2011-2015 Editor-in-chief, Limnology
  • 2012 Co-chair, Aquatic Science Meeting at Lake Biwa/Shiga 2012, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • 2004-2007,2010-2013, 2016-2017,2018-2020 Council , Ecological Society of Japan
  • 2010- Editorial board, Oikos
  • 2015 Chair, Annual Meeting of the Ecology and Civil Engineering Society of Japan, Kohriyama.
  • 2016 Chair, Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan, Sendai.
  • 2016-2017 Vice-chair of The Ecological Society of Japan
  • 2017 Chair, Annual Meeting of The Japanese Society of Limnology
  • 2017-2019  Board member,  Ecology and Civil Engineering Society, Japan
  • 2017-2020  Chair of Ecological Society of Japan
  • 2017-2019  Chair of East Asian Federation of Ecological Society
  • 2019-2021 Vice-chair of the Ecology and Civil Engineering Society of Japan

Grants for research (organized as project leader or PI: 1998~)

  • 1998-2001 Light, phosphorus and ecological stoichoimetry in pelagic community [Japan-USA international joint study, JSPS-NSF]
  • 1998-2000 Solving paradoxical situatin of Mixtrophic algal bloom [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), MESSC Japan]
  • 1999-2002 Terrestrial inputs and response of pelagic communities: response of terrestrial watershed ecosystems to Global changes, IGPB-MESSC. [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas (B), MESSC Japan]
  • 2000-2001 Evaluation of biological and ecological significance in hypolimnion in large lake ecosystems [Grant-in Aid for Exploratory Research, MESSC Japan]
  • 2000-2001 Cause and effects of cyanobacterial bloom on herbivore plankton in inshore areas of Lake Biwa [ CRUB projects, Shiga Prefecture ]
  • 2000-2003 Re-construction of near-past food web in Lake Biwa using plankton resting eggs and spores [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), MESSC Japan]
  • 2003-2006 Stoichiometric effects of carbon dioxide on lake ecosystems [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), MEXT Japan]
  • 2005-2008 System construction of vulnerability assessment for alpine and subalpine ecosystems based on biological interaction [F-052  Environmental Research & Technology Development Fund, Ministry of the Environment Japan]
  • 2006-2011 Biological and biogeochemical processes of Iwaki River (Aomori) for sustaining the Tsugaru-Jusan lake ecosystem.  [Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration ] 
  • 2007-2010 Biological evolution under local and global environmental changes: a paleolimnological and molecular biological approach using cladoceran resting eggs [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) 19207003, MEXT Japan]
  • 2010-2013  Mitigation by biodiversity for adverse stoichiometry effects on producer-consumer interactions [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B),22370007 MEXT Japan]
  • 2010-2013 Development of Retrospective Monitoring Techniques for Lake Ecosystems  [D-1002  Environmental Research & Technology Development Fund, Ministry of the Environment Japan]
  • 2011-2014  A monitoring program for assessing Tsunami impacts and for restoring domestic and coastal ecosystems.  [Environmental Research Fund by Mitsui& CO., LTD]
  • 2012-2014 Environmental factors determining species composition of the epilithic fungal community in a river ecosystem.  [Grant-in Aid for Exploratory Research, MEXT Japan]
  • 2013-2015 Functional roles of reproductive mode in persisting population and maintaining genetic diversity of daphnia species. [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B),50250163 MEXT Japan]
  • 2015-2017 Field manipulation experiments for clarifying stoichiometric effects of light and nutrient supplies on aquatic ecosystems. [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), 15H02642 MEXT Japan]
  • 2015-2017  Recovering processes in structures and functions of tidal flat communities impacted by the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunamis.  [Environmental Research Fund by Mitsui& CO., LTD]
  • 2016-2018 Ecological mechanisms and genetic background enabling co-existence of diverse clonal organisms within species: analyses using obligate parthenogenetic Daphnia species. [Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), 16H02522 MEXT Japan]