OIST-Tohoku University Joint Workshop on Biodiversity: From Genes and Species to Ecosystem Services and Resilience


Monday, October 24, 2022 (All day) to Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (All day)


Tohoku University and Zoom



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Official website/ Program

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Biodiversity plays a central role in humankind’s interaction with the biosphere, lying at the heart of all ecosystem structure and functioning. Biodiversity describes the variability and connectivity of life across different levels (from bacteria to plants and animals) and dimensions (from genetic to ecological and from taxonomic to functional):

(1) Since biodiversity covers genomic information, it allows reconstructing the past natural history of species and communities.

(2) Since biodiversity reflects the genetic variability of species, it governs their present-day adaptability.

(3) Since biodiversity determines which species coexist and how they interact, it underpins ecological processes and emergent patterns.

(4) Since biodiversity can enhance ecosystem productivity, it is important for managing wild and cultured living resources.

(5) Since biodiversity influences how redundantly ecological functions are represented within ecosystems, it shapes their resilience to anthropogenic impacts.

(6) And finally, since biodiversity inspires a sense of awe and wonder about the richness and complexity of the natural world, it contributes to human wellbeing and our respect for nature.

This workshop will bring together practitioners and enthusiasts of biodiversity research from Tohoku University and OIST to illuminate this fascinating theme from multiple angles, with the aim of

Panel Discussion


  • Dr. Ulf Dieckmann (OIST)
  • Dr. Michio Kondo (Tohoku University)


  • Dr. David Armitage (OIST)
  • Dr. Lauren Sallan (OIST)
  • Dr. Osada Makoto (Tohoku University)
  • Dr. Asako Sugimoto (Tohoku University)

Invited Speakers

  • Michio Kondoh (Tohoku University)
  • Minoru Ikeda (Tohoku University)
  • Makoto Osada (Tohoku University)
  • Asako Sugimoto (Tohoku University)
  • Mari Yotsu-Yamashita (Tohoku University)
  • Ulf Dieckmann (OIST)
  • Evan Economo (OIST)
  • Nicholas M. Luscombe (OIST)
  • Lauren Sallan (OIST)
  • Nori Satoh (OIST)

Big Picture of Collaboration

  • Timothy Ravasi (OIST)

Thematic Program Overview

  • Toshio Suga (Tohoku Univeristy)

Contributing Speakers

  • Cheryl Ames (Tohoku University)
  • Pei-Chi Ho (Tohoku University)
  • Aiko Iwasaki (Tohoku University)
  • Kazutaka Kawatsu (Tohoku University)
  • Gaku Kumano (Tohoku University)
  • Shinichiro Maruyama (Tohoku University)
  • Hiroaki Murakami (Tohoku University)
  • Naoto Shinohara (Tohoku University)
  • Kozue Shiomi (Tohoku University)
  • Hayato Yokoi (Tohoku University)
  • Lazzato Aibekova (OIST)
  • David Armitage (OIST)
  • Jigyasa Arora (OIST)
  • Tracy Audisio (OIST)
  • Otis Brunner (OIST)
  • Jamie Kass (OIST)
  • Simone Pigolotti (OIST)
  • Angela Pita (OIST)
  • Samuel Ross (OIST)
  • Chikatoshi Sugimoto (OIST)
  • Fabienne Ziadi (OIST)

Lightning Talk and Poster Presenters

  • Nonno Hasegawa (OIST) *poster only
  • Lucia Zifcakova (OIST)
  • Colin Anthony (Tohoku University)
  • Aki Masunaga (OIST)
  • Charles Plessy (OIST)
  • Julian Katzke (OIST)
  • Kanako Bessho-Uehara (Tohoku University)
  • Guarav Agavekar (OIST)
  • Maria Santos (OIST)
  • Yurie Otake (Tohoku University)
  • Gustavo Sanchez (OIST)
  • Wenbin Gu (Tohoku University)

Organizing Commitee

  • Dr. Michio Kondoh (Tohoku University)
  • Dr. Ulf Dieckmann (OIST)


Please email dean_of_res@oist.jp if you have any questions.


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