Comprehensive Studies on Biological Interactions in the Tropical Biosphere

Biological phenomena that we see in the tropical biosphere are established upon delicate and well-balanced mutual interactions among a great variety of species. Now that this diversity is facing a global crisis due to human activity or climate change, systematic and comprehensive solutions to this crisis, based on studies of complex biological interactions, need to be investigated and implemented.

Our mission at the University of the Ryukyus Tropical Biosphere Research Center is to function as a state-of-the-art international research and education center.

We aim to find solutions to the current crisis by conducting biological and ecological studies to understand the mechanisms of establishment and maintenance of the vast diversity of life, including humans, in tropical and sub-tropical biospheres.

Areas of research interest and educational activities include:
  1. The establishment and maintenance of biological diversity.
  2. The mechanisms of maintenance of biological life.
  3. Dynamic interactions in symbiotic relationships and in infectious diseases.
  4. Nurturing the next generation of biological research and education leaders and participating in public engagement activities.