“Biology of biodiversity”
Commemorative Symposium for the 32nd International Prize for Biology

22 & 23 November 2016

Hosted by:

The University of Tokyo
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The 32nd International Prize for Biology has been awarded to Dr.Stephen Philip Hubbell, Distinguished Professor of the University of California, Los Angeles, United States.Dr. Hubbell has made outstanding contributions to the science of biodiversity through his large-scale studies on tropical forests, thereby establishing the unified neutral theory to explain evolutionary origin and ecological maintenance of biodiversity.

For this symposium celebrating the prize winning by Dr. Hubbell, world-leading scholars on the biology of biodiversity, including the evolution of biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and ecological mechanisms for maintenance of biodiversity, are invited to discuss various aspects of biodiversity so as to provide directions for the future for both science and society.

The first day of the symposium is for the specialists and students, and all the talks will be given in English. The second day is intended for the general public, with a special lecture by the prize recipient Dr. Stephen P. Hubbell. Other talks on the second day will be given in Japanese, but simultaneous interpretation to English will be available. We look forward to your participation.



Day 1 Tuesday 22 November 2016

Live streaming:

9:55 - 18:00

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Koshiba Hall (School of Science, University of Tokyo) Doors open at 9:00

Opening remarks
  • Kazuyoshi Endo (University of Tokyo)
Session 1 Evolution of biodiversity
  • Chair:Masakado Kawata (Tohoku University)
  • 10:00-10:30 Ole Seehausen (Eawag, University of Bern)
    On the origins of unusual species richness: cichlid fish and beyond
  • 10:30-11:00 Christopher H. Martin (University of North Carolina)
    Nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of fitness landscapes: case studies of microendemic adaptive radiation in Caribbean pupfishes and Cameroon crater lake cichlids
  • 11:00-11:30 Glenn-Peter Sætre (University of Oslo)
    The making of a hybrid bird species - adaptation, variation and constraints in the hybrid genomes of island and mainland populations of the Italian sparrow - or sparrows
  • 11:30-12:00 Aya Takahashi (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    Genetics underlying species diversification: cases in Drosophila
Session 2 Biodiversity and ecosystem function
  • Chair: Tohru Nakashizuka (Tohoku University)
  • 13:30-14:00 Forest Isbell (University of Minnesota)
    Consequences of changes in biodiversity for ecosystem functioning, stability, and services
  • 14:00-14:30 Akira Mori (Yokohama National University)
    Disentangling the link between causes and functional consequences of biodiversity in natural systems
  • 14:30-15:00 Jin-Sheng He (Peking University)
    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Multifunctionality under Climate Change in Tibetan Alpine Grassland
Session 3 Ecological mechanisms for biodiversity in species-rich communities
  • Chair: Kaoru Kitajima (Kyoto University)
  • 15:15-15:45 Robert D. Holt (University of Florida)
    Food web perspectives on biodiversity: Apparent competition, intraguild predation, and beyond
  • 15:45-16:15 Liza S. Comita (Yale University)
    Regeneration dynamics in tropical forests: Implications for species coexistence in diverse communities
  • 16:15-16:45 Akira Itoh (Osaka City University)
    Linking habitat, demography and phylogeny of Bornean trees: An ecological and evolutionary perspective on species coexistence
  • 16:45-17:15 Richard Condit (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)
    Geology and tree species distributions: Beta-diversity in tropical forests of Panama
  • 17:15-18:00 Stephen P. Hubbell (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Stochastic and deterministic dynamics of a Neotropical forest

Reception 18:30-20:30


Sanjo Conference Hall (University of Tokyo) Access Map  Hongo Campus

Day 2 Wednesday 23 November 2016

Live streaming:

13:10 - 18:00

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Yasuda Auditorium (University of Tokyo) Doors open at 12:00

Note: All the talks except for the last one shall be given in Japanese (simultaneous translation to English will be available)

Opening Remarks
  • Hiroo Fukuda (University of Tokyo)
Isao Inoue (University of Tsukuba)
Earth evolution and diversification of organisms from the viewpoints of algae
Masakado Kawata (Tohoku University)
How organisms evolve in a diversifying way
Kimiko Okabe (Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute)
What we can expect from biodiversity
Shunsuke Utsumi (Hokkaido University)
Inseparable links between fine-scale adaptations and maintenance of species diversities
Hirokazu Toju (Kyoto University)
Thinking about the future of the Earth by deciphering the “super” diversity of microbes
Naruya Saitou (National Institute of Genetics)
Human diversity
Stephen P. Hubbell (University of California, Los Angeles)
The twin challenges of diversity and rarity for the conservation of tropical forests
[with simultaneous translation to Japanese]




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Contact information

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