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Akira Osawa

Prof. Akira Osawa, PhD in 1986 in silviculture and forest ecology at Yale University. He authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters, and teaches at Kyoto University in departments in Forestry as well in Global Environmental Studies. His research has been focused on self-thinning phenomenon, stand development, natural disturbances, and ecosystem carbon dynamics. Boreal forests in Canada and Siberia have been the major biomes of his research, and those of Nordic countries have been added recently. An effort of reconstructing development of stand structure and growth in the circumpolar region and their relationship to climate change is currently in progress.