Naofumi NAKAGAWA, D.Sc. (Professor.of Laboratory. of Human Evolution Studies, Kyoto University)



Overview of my research


I have studied mainly on feeding ecology of Japanese macaques and comparative feeding ecology of patas monkeys and savannah monkeys, using feeding rate (i.e., food intake, and/or intake of energy/nutrients per unit time) as an original research tool. Then, my research interests have shifted into socio-ecological studies. At present, I team up with many researchers including those belonging to other universities/institutions, and go on research project to examine intraspecific variation of sexual and social behaviors in Japanese macaques with special reference to environment and genes. I also look into several phenomena which occurred during the course of human evolution on a basis of ecological view point of patas monkeys adapted to savannah environment and evolutional history of patrilineal society in modern human beings by literature survey.

Policy of Education

I never provide research theme with our students. Each of our students freely choose the theme on a basis of their own interests and complete their studies. At the time of deciding the theme, we recommend them to go to the field to observe the monkeys/apes first although it is important to survey the previous papers. I believed it to be real thrill for the field work that they find out their own original theme in the field. I would like you to feel such kind of moment of inspiration. This experience would offer you true confidence as an independent researcher.

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