Kunio SUZUKI

Director of IGES-JISE
Doctor of Science

Bachelor of Science(Biology),Tohoku University, Japan(1970)
Doctor of the Department of Science(Biology), Tohoku University in 1974.
He served as a a Research Associate at Yokohama National University, an Associate Professor, a Professor and a President.
He has served as Director, IGES-JISE since September 2016.
His current research activity is concentrated on the area of environmental management.
In particular, He is looking at environmental strategies for Companies and regions.
In addition, he is interested in risk in tropical ecosystem.
This has included the examination of rehabilitation of tropical swampy ecosystem, as well as ecological research in tropical and subtropical Asia.

Professional Experience

July 1973 – March 1982Research Associate, Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Yokohama National University, Japan
April 1983 – March 1992Associate Professor in Environmental Management, Faculty of Business Administration, Yokohama National University; Graduate School of Business Administration (1988-2001), Graduate School of International Development (1994-2001), Graduate School of International Social Sciences (1998-2001)
March 1995 – January 1996Visiting Fellow of Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia
April 1992 – March 2001Professor in Environmental Management, Faculty of Business Administration; Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences (2001-2009) in Yokohama National University, Japan
April 1999 – March 2001Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Yokohama National University
April 2001 – March 2003Dean, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences in Yokohama National University
April 2001 – March 2009Professor in Environmental Management and Ecological Planning, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences
April 2006- March 2009Executive Director, Vice-President for Education Affairs in Yokohama National University
April 2009- March 2015President in Yokohama National University
March 2015 – presentProfessor Emeritus, Yokohama National University
October 2015 – presentBusiness Adviser, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology
September 2016 – presentDirector, the IGES-JISE
Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES) , Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE)
April 2017-March 2019Vice-President, Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
April 2019-presentPresident, Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology

Research Area

Tropical Ecology, Environmental Development, Ecological Management

Research Concern

My current research activity is now concentrated on the area of environmental management. In particular, I am looking at environmental strategies for Industry, region and the earth. In addition, I am interested in ecological risk in tropical ecosystem. This has included the examination of rehabilitation of tropical swampy ecosystem, as well as ecological research in tropical and subtropical Asia.

Education

1970Bachelor of Science(Biology),Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
1978Doctor of Science (Tohoku University, Japan)

Recent Publications

Books

Urban & Regional Development with Ecological Concept, K-FACE (1998) in Japanese. joint work
Introduction of Eco-technology, Nikkagiren (2002) in Japanese. joint work
Design for Ecological Society, NTT Pub. (2003) in Japanese. joint work
Tropical Ecology, Asakura Pub. (2004) in Japanese. joint work
Eco-Management, Kyoritu Pub. (2006) in Japanese
Ecological way of life, Tokai Uni. Pub.(2012). In Japanese Joint work
Review of the YNU president. Jiausu-kyoiku-shinsha Pub. (2016) in Japanese

Main Theses

Suzuki, K. et al. (1980) Natuerliche und ihre sommergruene Sekundaere-Waelder in Mittel Japan. Phytocoenoligia vol. 7. p.492-506.
Suzuki, K.et al. (1981) Phytosociological studies in Taiwan. coastal vegetation and forest vegetation of Mt. Nan-Fong-San. HIKOBIA Suppl. 1. p. 221-233.
Suzuki, K. (1982) Distribution of evergreen & summergreen broad-leaved forest in Japan. Bull. Inst. Env. & Techno. Yokohama Natn. Univ. vol. 8(1). p. 151-163.
Suzuki, K. et al. (1983) Phytosociological Studies on the mangrove vegetation in Thailand. Vegetation of Chanthaburi and Ranong. Bull. Inst. Env. & Techno. YNU. Vol. 10(1). p. 75-111.
Suzuki, K.et al. (1984) Studies on the plant communities of the Yap Islands-Plant ecological studies of the Micronesia 1-. J. Phytogeogr. & Taxon vol. 32(1). p. 19-30.
Suzuki, K. (1986) Utilization and management of mangrove Ecosystem. Yokohama Business Review p. 297-304.
Suzuki, K. (1988) Vegetation change due to urbanization using a landscape ecological approach. Proc. Urban Ecology, Tokyo.
Suzuki, K. (1991) Ecological Management. Yuhikaku Pub. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. et al. (1992) Phytosociological studies on the peat swamp vegetation, 1. Classification of vegetation at Narathiwat, Thailand. Tropics vol.2(1). p. 49-65.
Suzuki, K. et al. (1992) Phytosociological studies on the peat swamp vegetation, 2. Vegetation at Muar, Malaysia. J. Phytogeogr. & Taxon vol. 40. p.121-132.
Miyawaki A. & K. Suzuki (1993) Dry Coastal Ecosystems of Japan. Ecosystems of the world 2B, Elsevier Pub. p. 165-188.
Suzuki, K. et al. (1993) Phytosociological studies on the peat swamp vegetation, 4. Vegetation dynamics and Inventory of permanent plots. Researches related to the UNESCO’s MAB Programme in Japan(93-94), p.29-34.
Hara, K, K. Suzuki et al. (1995) Vegetation structure of a natural peat swamp forests at To-Daeng study site in Narathiwat, Thailand. Tropical swamp forest ecosystem and its greenhouse gas emission. p. 35-44.
Suzuki, K. and K. Hara (1996) Ecological rehabilitation of the tropical swamp forests. Wildl. Con. Japan vol. 2(91). P. 37-46.
Suzuki, K. and P. Saenger (1996) A phytosociological study of mangrove vegetation in Australia with a latitudinal comparison of East Asia. Mangrove Science vol. 1. p.9-27.
Suzuki,K. & P.Saenger (1997) A Phytosociological Study of Vegetation in Australia. 1. Mangrove in Queensland and New South Wales. Researches Related to the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme in Japan(1996-97). p.25-30. Tokyo.
Suzuki, K. (1997) Floating Forest –Vanishing Tropical Swampy Forest.– Shinzan-sha. Japan.(in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (1997) Urban Green Environment. Environmental Management vol. 33(1), p. 30-35.(in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (1997) Trends on Environmental Development of the Asian Coastal Areas. Yokohama Journal of Inter’l Development vol. 2(2). p. 122-124.(in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (1998) Biodiversity of Mangrove: Latitudinal Comparison of Distribution of Mangrove Species. Ecotone VI (Edts. L.Zhansheng & W.Wen), p. 89-97. China.
Suzuki, K. (1999) Biodiversity and Ecological Risk in Tropical Peat-swamps. Proceedings of the 2nd Intel’n Workshop on Risk Evaluation & Management of Chemicals. JST/YNU, Japan. p.134-142.
Suzuki, K., K. Hara & Y. Hirabuki (1999) Biodiversity and Ecological Risk in Tropical Peat-swamps. Researches Related to the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme in Japan(1998-99). p.13-18.
Suzuki, K. (1999) An Ecological Study of Melaleuca Communities in Littoral Swamps. Eco-Habitat:JISE Research vol.6. p.133-141.
M. Tomita, Y. Hirabuki, K.Suzuki, H. Hara, N. Kaita and Y. Araki (2000) Drastic recovery of Melaleuca-dominant scrub after a severe fire: a three-year period study in peat swamp, Thailand. Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.7, no.1. p.81-88.
Suzuki, K. (2000) A geo-ecological Study on Melaleuca species in Australia. Proceedings of the 3rd Intel’n Workshop on Risk Evaluation & Management of Chemicals. JST/YNU, Japan. p.243-247.
Tomita, M., Y. Hirabuki, K. Suzuki, H. Hara, N. Kaita & Y. Araki (2000) Drastic recovery of Melaleuca-dominant scrub after a severe wild fire: a three-year period study in a degraded peat swamp, Thailand. Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.7, no.1. p.81-88.
Suzuki, K., K. Hara & Y. Hirabuki (2001) Endangered biodiversity in tropical peat-swamps in relation to their ecological risk. Studies on the vegetation of alluvial plains: commemoration of Prof. Dr. S. Okuda’s Retirement. p. 133-141.
Suzuki, K. (2001) A phytosociological study of littoral peat swamps of North Stradbroke Island, Australia. Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.8, no.1. p.11-16.
Hirabuki, Y., K. Suzuki & M. Tomita (2001) Melaleuca-dominant Scrub recovered in a Burnt Lowland Peat Swamp: Process, Mechanism and Implications for Ecological Management. Proceedings of the Ecotone X(UNESCO-MAB, 19-23 Nov. 2001, Hanoi, Vietnam).
Suzuki, K., Y. Kitaya & T. Miyagi (2002) Ecological Studies on Mangroves and Melaleuca forests in Vietnam, 1.Preliminary Field Investigation: Present State of the Can Gio Region. Researches Related to the UNESCO’s MAB Programme in Japan(2001-2002) p.17-24.
Yagasaki, T. & K. Suzuki (2002) Research on mesh analysis of ecological resources and its effectiveness for integrated coastal zone management – A case study on integrated evaluation space for ecological conservation-. Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.9(1). p. 85-110. (in Japanese)
Tomita, M., A. Takeishi, Y. Hirabuki & K. Suzuki (2002) Effects of reproductive adults of Fagus crenata on their seed rain in a primary forest. Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.9(1). p.111-118. (in Japanese)
Kitaya, Y., K. Suzuki & T. Miyagi (2003) Ecological Rehabilitation and Restoration of Mangroves and Coastal Swamp Ecosystems in Vietnam. Annual Report of FY 2001, Joint Research on Environmental Science and Technology for the Earth. The Core University Progamme between JSPS and NCST. p.172-180.
Miyagi, T., Y. Kitaya, K. Suzuki, V. N. Na & L. V. Sing (2003) Natural/semi-natural mangrove geo-ecosystem establish by plantation in Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. The 4th General Seminar of the Core University Programme Environmental Science and Technology for Sustainable Development Osaka University and Vietnam National Universty. July 14-15, 2003. p.156-164.
Kitaya, Y., K. Suzuki, T. Miyagi, V. N. Nam & L. V. Sing (2003) Growth characteristics of dominantly planted species, Rhyzophora apiculata, and microclimate in the mangrove forest in Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. The 4th General Seminar of the Core University Program Environmental Science and Technology for Sustainable Development Osaka Univ and Vietnam National Univ. July 14-15, 2003. p.140-146.
Tomita, M., Y. Hirabuki & K. Suzuki (2003) Regeneration process of Melaleuca cajuputi after a severe fire: during a 5-yr period study in a degraded tropical peat swamp, Thailand. Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Forest Dynamics of Thailand: Impacts, Ecology, Management and Rehabilitation. Kyoto, B6.
Suzuki, K. (2004) Can Gio Mangrove Restoration in Vietnam. Jour. Natural Restoration and Conservation vol.2(1). p.89-93. (in Japanese)
Kawano, Y., H. Sasamoto, Y. Mochida & K. Suzuki (2004) Leaf protoplast isolation from eight mangrove species of three different families; Avicenniaceae, Rhizophoraceae and Sonneratiaceae. Mangrove Science vol.3(1). p.25-31.
Tomita, M., Y. Hirabuki & K. Suzuki (2004) Six-year demography and management of invasive tree species, Melaleuca cajuputi : detecting ecological traits by using mixed-effect models. International Conference on Assessment and control of biological invasion risks. Yokohama, P-18. Poster. (in Japanese)
Laongpol, C., K. Suzuki & K. Sridith (2005) Floristic composition of the terrestrial coastal vegetation in Narathiwat, Peninsular Thailand. Thai For. Bull.(Bot.) vol. 33. p. 44-70.
K.Suzuki, C. Laongpol & K. Sridith (2005) Phytosociological Studies on Vegetation of Coastal Dunes at Narathiwat, Thailand. Tropics vol. 14(3). p. 229-244.
Hirabuki, Y., Y. Araki, D. Powkhy, A. Takehara, S. Tsukawaki, K. Suzuki, I. Sockrithy & C. Rachna (2005) Vegetation structure and regeneration characteristics of Barringtonia acutangula on the floodplain of Lake Tonle Sap, Cambodia. International Conference on Forest Environment in continental river basins: with a focus on the Mekong River. E-05. oral presentation.
Araki, Y., D. Powkhy, Y. Hirabuki, C. Rachna, S. Tsukawaki, M. Tomita & K. Suzuki. (2005) Floodplain vegetation under severe human impact: succession pattern and invasion of exotic mimosa in Lake Tonle Sap, Cambodia. International Symposium on Evaluation of Mechanisms Sustaining the Biodiversity in Lake Tonle Sap, Cambodia. oral presentation.
Tomita, M., Y. Hirabuki & K. Suzuki (2005) Differences in allometric relationships and causes of death among Melaleuca cajuputi populations in three subcoastal habitats. Biosphere Conservation vol.7, no.1. p. 39-48.
Tomita, M., Y. Hirabuki & K. Suzuki (2005) Population structure and above ground biomass of Melaleuca cajuputi growing in the different habitat. Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.12(1). p.41-50. (in Japanese)
T. Miyagi, Y., V. N. Nam, Y. Kitaya, K. Suzuki & K. Hayashi (2005) The similarity between the afforested mangrove ecosystem and the natural one -Comparative study of CanGio plantation area and Iriomote Island- Annual Report of FY 2004. p.121-126.
Yagasaki, T. Y. Takei, N. Hiraizumi & K. Suzuki (2006) A methodological study on resource evaluation of regional landscape applied to phytosociological and ethno-biological approach – A case study of Kawada district, Sabae city, Fukui prefecture, Japan as a rural area: Satochi-Satoyama region- Eco-Habitat: JISE Research vol.13(1). p.59-99.(in Japanese)
K. Suzuki (2006) Country Report: Activities of MAB-Japan. Proc. of the 2nd Workshop of MAB-Ecotone II(Integrated Ecosystem Management- Pursuing a Quality Economy in Biosphere Reserves). UNESCO Office, Jakarta. p.63-67. (in Japanese)
Tomita, M., Y. Hirabuki, K. Suzuki K. Sridith & Y. Araki (2007) Vegetation recovery on a degraded peatland following a severe fire: Results of 6-yr period study in Southeastern Thailand. Tropics vol.16(2), p.171-180. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (2007) Concept on environmental communication. Jour. Nature Restoration & Conservation, vol.3. p.1-2.
Ogata, J., M. Tomita & K. Suzuki (2007) Population structure and allometric relationships of seaward mangrove species, Thong Nian bay, southeastern Thailand. Mangrove Science vol.4/5. p.41-46. (in Japanese)
Ohno, K. & K. Suzuki (2007) Dynamics of plant resource mix affected by mangrove forest decline – A case study in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar- Mangrove Science vol.4/5 p.1-11. (in Japanese)
Araki, Y, Y. Hirabuki, D. Powkhy, S. Tsukawaki, C. Rachna, M. Tomita & K. Suzuki (2007) Influence of large Seasonal Water Level Fluctuations and Human Impact on the Vegetation of Lake Tolne Sap, Cambodia. Forest Environments in the Mekong River Basin. H Sawada et al.(Eds.) Springer. p.281-293.
Araki, Y., Y. Hirabuki, D. Powkhy, T. Ishikawa, S. Tsukawaki, M. Tomita & K. Suzuki (2007) Adaptive strategy of Barringtonia acutangula to long-term inundation on the tropical floodplain of Lake Tonle Sap, Cambodia. 9th Conference of the International Society for Plant Anaerobiosis.
Kawana, K., R. Yamamoto, Y. Mochida, K. Suzuki, S. Baba & H. Sasamoto (2007) Generation and maintenance of suspension cultures from cotyledons and their organogenic potential of two mangrove species, Sonneratia alba and S. caseolaris. Plant Biotechnology Reports vol.1 p.219-226.
Hirabuki, Y., Y. Araki, P. Dourng, S. Tsukawaki, K. Suzuki, S. Im & R. Chay (2009) Herbaceous aquatic vegetation in Lake Tonle Sap at peak flooding: A case study at Chong Khnies, Southern Siem Reap. Faculty of Liberal Arts Review, Tohoku Gakuin University, p.57-68.
Tsukawaki, S., Y. Hirabuki, Y. Araki, K. Suzuki, M. Tomita, P. Droung and P. So (2009) Three Cambodian home gardens in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia – on the water and in the Forest. Proc. of the International Symp. and Seminar on the Present Situation of Environment in the Angkor Monument Park and its Environs, Cambodia, 17-18 March, 2009. p.14-15.
Ohno, K., K. Suzuki & M.M. Than (2009) Population dynamics of major tree species in a Herritiera fomes forest after prohibition on felling: A three-year study in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar. Eco-habitat: IGES-JISE Research vol. 16(1). p. 1-11. (in Japanese)
Hirabuki, Y., Y. Araki, D. Powkhy, S. Tsukawaki, C. Rachana, M. Tomita, L. Bora, H. Peou & K. Suzuki (2009) Degraded Barringtonia-dominant vegetation around Lake Tonle Sap, Cambodia: Zonal arrangement of vegetation, life-style shift of local people and ecological significance of the inundated woodland under large seasonal fluctuations in water-level. Tropical Forestry Change in a Changing World. Vol.6: Mangrove and Wetland Ecosystems. (Proc. FORTRPO II Inte’l Conference Kasesart Uni., Bangkok, Thailand 2008) p.167-180
Hirabuki, Y., Y. Araki, K. Suzuki, S. Tsukawaki, M. Tomita & H. Peou (2010) Life-style diversity and evaluation for sustainable landscape management in the Lake Tonle Sap lowland, Cambodia. Best Poster Presentation: International Conference on Wetland Ecosystem Services: Biodiversity, Livelihood and Sustainability, Nov. 2010, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Best Poster Presentation
Laongpol, C., K. Sridith & K. Suzuki (2010) Phytosociological studies on the forest vegetation of sand bars in the northern part of the Peninsula Thailand. Eco-habitat: IGES-JISE Research vol. 17(1), p.1-12.
Suzuki, K. (2011) The great earthquake disaster and its natural restoration. Jour. Nature Restoration & Conservation vol.5(1), p.1. (in Japanese)
Araki, Y., Y. Hirabuki, P. Dourng, S. Tsukawaki, M. Tomita & K. Suzuki (2011) Recruitment of Mimosa pigra, an invasive alien shrub, into the burnt site on lake Tonle Sap floodplain, Cambodia. Jour. Nature Restoration & Conservation vol.5(1), p .20-29.
Ohno, K. & K. Suzuki (2011) A case study of the environmental leaders training program with the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. Jour. Nature Restoration & Conservation vol.5(1), p.42-47.
Hirabuki, Y., S. Tsukawaki,Y. Araki, K. Suzuki, M. Tomita, H. Peou & T. Yongyut (2012) Evaluation of sustainable landscape-related lifestyles adapted to extreme seasonal pulse flooding in the Cambodian lowlands. The 5th EAFES (East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies) International Congress, Ohtsu, Japan (Poster P1-092A)
Suzuki, K. (2012) Utilization of the bananas and their ecosystem services. Jour. Biotope no.30, p.2. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (2012) A new Biosphere Reserve in the disaster area. Japan InfoMAB vol.38. p.1-3. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (2013) How to proceed with oversea research. Jour. Inst. Electrical Engineers of Japan vol. 33(8). p.528. (in Japanese)
Ohno, K. & K. Suzuki (2013) Assessment of Sustainable Plant Resource of the Mangrove Forest in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanma. Global Environmental Research vol. 17. p. 223-232.
Suzuki, K. (2013) A peport; New Biosphere Reserves in Japan. Japan InfoMAB vol.49. p.1-3. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. (2013) Natural Disasters Happen When Least Expected: Lesson from the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster 2011. Inernational Forum “灾后振兴与国际减灾论坛-汶川灾后重建五周年与4.20芦山地震抗震救灾的经验与启示”.
Suzuki, K. (2015) Rehabilitation of our native land, coastal forest at the Tohoku disaster area. Life Sciences vol. 26(1). p. 79-88. (in Japanese)
Tomisawa, K. & K. Suzuki (2015) The possibility of using Vortex for ecosystem conservation. Jour. Nature Restoration & Conservation vol. 7(1). p.25-30. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K.(2015) Restoration of coastal forest in the Tohoku disaster area. Jour. Seizon Sci. vol.26(1). p.77-88.(in Japanese)
Suzuki, K.(2016) Olympic legacy and Greening. Biotop vol.37. p.1. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K.(2016) Potential natural vegetation and reforestation. JISE News Letter no.75. (in Japanese)
Yagasaski, T. & K. Suzuki(2018) Seed model production of the Tiliaceae tree in children’s science class. JISE Report 1:7-10. (in Japanese)
Suzuki, K. & H. Harada(2019) Environmental protection forests and the Furusato-no-mori(ancient forests in the region) 1. JISE Newsletter. 81:1-3.(in Japanese)