Division of Biosphere Science

Base for Field Science

Course in Aquatic Biology

This course focuses on the mechanisms of response and adaptation of various aquatic organisms (algae, plankton, squid, fish, marine mammal) against their living environments from freshwater (river, lake, bog) to marine (coastal and open sea) ecosystems. Research and education are carried out from the molecular and cell biology to the population and community ecology.

Course in Forest Field Science

To understand biodiversity and functions of forest ecosystems, we conduct a variety of research projects in our vast experimental forests. In the world’s largest university forest, graduate students address their thesis research focusing on particular topic. Our studies cover wide variety of topics such as ecology and evolution of wildlife, ecological interactions, global warming, atmosphere pollution, invasive species, and land use conservation, etc.

Course in Agro-Ecosystem Science

Reliable and efficient agricultural management systems are required to make sure of stable and future sustainable food production.In the Agro-Ecosystem course, staff belonging to the Experiment Farm and Livestock Farm in the Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University offer education and research programs on the characterization of agricultural lands and clarification of relationships between environments and biological production in agricultural lands as well as the development and utilization of available agricultural resources to ensure sustainable agriculture production and renewable energy production.

We do research into the establishment of crop and livestock production systems suitable for cool climatic regions such as Hokkaido.

We also do research into genetic improvement of crops and livestock.

Two lectures are offered. One is an Advanced Course in Environment and Management in Crop Production, in which students will understand characteristics of biological, chemical and physical environments in agricultural land and facilities, and learn how to improve the environments of agricultural land in terms of both productivity and sustainability.

The other is an Advanced Course in Environment and Management in Livestock Production, in which students will understand characteristics of environments in grasslands and barns, and learn about environment creation, supply of feeds and waste treatment systems for livestock production.

Graduate School of Environmental Sceince / Faculty of Env. Earth Science, Hokkaido University