The 66th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan

English Presentation Award


List of winners of each session.

Plant ecophysiology / Material cycling (March 16, 2019, 13:15−, Room D)

  • Best Award
    *Kiyosada KAWAI, Naoki Okada(Kyoto Univ.)
    Latitudinal changes in leaf, shoot, and stem traits of Fagaceae in East Asia: focusing on species turnover and intraspecific variation
  • Excellent Award
    *Lijuan SUN(Peking University), Mioko Ataka(Kyoto University), Mengguang Han(Peking University), Yunfeng Han(Peking University), Dayong Gan(Peking University), Biao Zhu(Peking University)
    Root exudation as a major dimension of root traits among co-existing woody species in a deciduous-evergreen community
    *Masaki J KOBAYASHI(JIRCAS), Kevin Kit Siong Ng(FRIM), Soon Leong Lee(FRIM), Norwati Muhammad(FRIM), Naoki Tani(JIRCAS)
    Regulation of leaf flushing in dipterocarps in aseasonal Southeast Asia

Evolution (March 16, 2019, 13:15−, Room E)

  • Best Award
    *Ryosuke IRITANI, Elisa Visher, Mike Boots(UC Berkeley)
    When parasites are selected to kill the young
  • Excellent Award
    *Hirotaka KOMINE(Tokyo Univ Agri Tech), Koichi Kaji(Tokyo Univ Agri Tech), Lin Schwarzkopf(James cook univ.)
    Rapid morphological change to the urban environment of invasive toad in Australia
    *Luna YAMAMORI, Makoto KATO(Kyoto Univ.)
    Loss of shell coiling: adaptation to wave-swept rock surfaces and symbiotic life in sea urchin pits

Landscape ecology / Ecosystem management (March 16, 2019, 13:15−, Room G)

  • Best Award
    Marine and coastal cultural ecosystem services: Current status and future prospect in Japan
  • Excellent Award
    *Mohammad shamim hasan MANDAL, Tetsuro Hosaka(IDEC, Hiroshima Univ.)
    Assessing extent of forest disturbances by tropical cyclones on Sundarbans Mangrove Forests using 30-year Landsat images

Animal population (March 16, 2019, 13:15−, Room I)

  • Best Award
    *Naoto Idogawa, Shigeto Dobata(Kyoto University)
    A society with queens but without males: genetic structure of the ant Monomorium triviale
  • Excellent Award
    *Yurie Otake(University of Tokyo), Hajime Ohtsuki(Tohoku University), Jotaro Urabe(Tohoku University), Yoshihisa Suyama(Tohoku University), Ayumi Matsuo(Tohoku University), Shun Hirota(Tohoku University), Shigeko Kimura(Univ. of Shiga Pref.), Kazuyoshi Yamada(Mus. of N&E History), Takehito Yoshida(RIHN, University of Tokyo)
    Temporal dynamics of genetic structure of a Daphnia pulex population since the early colonization: analysis using varved sediments and dormant eggs

Behavior (March 17, 2019, 14:30−, Room D)

  • Best Award
    *Pizza ka Yee CHOW(Hokkaido Univ.), Kenta UCHIDA(Hokkaido Univ.), Auguste von BAYEN(Max Planck Institute), Itsuro KOIZUMI(Hokkaido Univ.)
    Urbanization and cognitive performance in Eurasian red squirrels
  • Excellent Award
    *Ryoga OTAKE, Shigeto DOBATA(Kyoto Univ.)
    Copy or innovate: chemical recognition underlies contrasting responses to conspecific cues in bean beetles

Life history of animals/Animal community/Animal-plant interaction (March 17, 2019, 14:30−, Room E)

  • Best Award
    *Hiroki MATSUDA, Shohei SHIRAHAMA, Makoto TOKUDA(Saga Univ.)
    Maintaining mechanism of the dimorphism in leaf trichome production of Persicaria lapathifolia
  • Excellent Award
    *Naoto SHINOHARA (Univ. of Tokyo), Takehito YOSHIDA (RIHN, Univ. of Tokyo)
    Temporal change in stochastic and deterministic processes of community assembly in a plant-herbivore system
    *Iki MURASE, Kei'ichiro IGUCHI(Nagasaki Univ.)
    Geographic variation in growth history and habitat use among local populations of ayu, a migratory fish
    *Ruo Yu PAN(Natl Taiwan Univ.), Chih-hao HSIEH(Natl Taiwan Univ.), Ting-chun KUO(Natl Taiwan Ocean Univ.)
    Relationship between spatial Taylor's power law exponent and body size is hump-shaped in fish population—implications for fisheries management

Biodiversity (March 17, 2019, 14:30−, Room G)

  • Best Award
    *Daisuke AOKI(Hokkaido Univ.), Haruna SAKAMOTO(Hokkaido Univ.), Hiroaki MATSUMIYA(Sinshu Univ.), Munehiro KITAZAWA(Hokkaido Univ.), Masaoki TAKAGI(Hokkaido Univ.)
    Light-level geolocators and phylogeography reveal the evolutionary uniqueness of the Japanese-endemic migratory bird subspecies
  • Excellent Award
    *Ji yoon KIM, Jun NISHIHIRO(Toho Univ.)
    A historical meta-analysis of aquatic plant community in Japanese archipelago during the last 110-years

Plant population/Plant community / Succession and regeneration (March 17, 2019, 14:30−, Room I)

  • Best Award
    *Yumiko OSAWA, Mutsunori TOKESHI(AMBL, Kyushu Univ.)
    Being epibionts: micro-distribution of sessile organisms on a living gastropod
  • Excellent Award
    *Akimi WAKUI, Gaku KUDO(Hokkaido Univ.)
    Ecotypic variations in reproductive system and morphological traits in Vaccinium vitisidaea in Hokkaido

EPA Supplementary Prize:
Place: The booth of Springer Japan (5F)
Time: 17:30-18:00 on March 17th
13:00-13:55 or 16:35-17:35 on March 18th (one hour before or after lectures by award recipients)

Please show your name tag, then you can choose one textbook available at the booth of Springer. They may want to take photos of EPA winners for advertisement.

If the above schedule is not convenient, please go to the Springer booth directly and ask them when you can receive a book. If EPA winners do not appear during the meeting, this opportunity will be lost.

Aim of the award

The English Presentation Award (EPA) aims to promote English presentations in the ESJ annual meetings and to give all participants more opportunities to share scientific ideas with international students and visiting researchers in Japan. At the same time, the EPA working group gives students and early career members an opportunity to gain experience in scientific communication, particularly experience that will be useful in international meetings. All presentations will be scored and excellent presenters will be awarded by the EPA working group.

Eligibility and application

  • Eligibility is limited to Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ) members who are students (undergraduates, graduate students and PhD candidates) or early career researchers who have received PhD, no more than 5 years before March 2019. Work weeks of parental leave or family leave are not included in this 5-year limitation. Past EPA winners are also eligible to submit their applications.
  • All participants need to prepare their presentation with a time slot of 15 minutes, which includes approximately 3 minutes for questions and discussions.
  • The winner will receive a certificate from ESJ and a book will be awarded as a supplemental gift by Springer.
  • Registration site will be open at the end of September.


  • By 23:59 (JST) October 31, 2018: Deadline of ESJ membership application, and ESJ66 registration and application for oral presentations with EPA.
    If you are not an ESJ member, please complete your ESJ membership registration. Please see the official website of ESJ.
  • By 23:59 (JST) February 13, 2019: Deadline of abstract submissions.
  • By 12:00 (JST) on the date of your presentation: Deadline of presentation file submissions.

Judgement criteria

  • A few judges are assigned in each session.
  • All presentations are judged and scored based on the quality of research (50%) and quality of presentation (50%).
  • Best award and excellent award will be awarded to first and second place finishers of each session.

The EPA website

Only supporting information will be announced at the EPA website. Links to previous EPA websites (2014–2018) are also available. Please see ESJ66 official website for the detailed information on EPA.