Okinawa Churashima Foundation RESEARCH CENTER ＞ Overview of the Research Center
Welcome to Okinawa Churashima Research Center
Okinawa Churashima Research Center was founded in 2008 when the new management foundation, Okinawa Churashima Foundation was established. Research projects at the Okinawa Churashima Foundation originated from studies of plants from subtropical areas conducted at the former Ocean Exposition Commemorative Park Management Foundation, which was founded in 1976.
While continuing previous studies, the Okinawa Churashima Foundation was established with a vision and purpose to support more diverse research fields such as marine biology and archaeology in Okinawa as well as their respective subcultures.
Okinawa Churashima Research Center focuses on Okinawa’s valuable and rich nature, history, and culture. We also focus on gaining and sharing new knowledge and developing techniques to protect Okinawa’s heritage. There are about 30 staff members including PhD scientists and curators at Okinawa Churashima Research Center. Also, reputable researchers are invited as advisors. Moreover, we have environmental education and outreach sections in our center that share research findings with schools and other organizations to reach all age groups.We are involved in collaborative efforts with diverse entities such as national administrative organizations, research institutes, and universities.
We welcome you to our website that has information regarding our unique activities and studies at Okinawa Churashima Research Center.
Director, Okinawa Churashima Research Center
|Areas of expertise||Agriculture, Horticulture, Urban Green-space Planning, National Park Management|
Masanori Nonaka, Ph.D.
(Vice Director / Senior Research Scientist)
|Area of expertise||Biology and Taxonomy of Octocorals|
|Research content||Systematic studies of Japanese Precious Corals. Reproductive biology of Precious Corals in Ryukyu archipelago|
The Okinawa Churashima Foundation possesses an abundant accumulation of achievements and expertise in regards to research study, skill development, and dissemination of knowledge regarding subtropical animals and plants, mainly through managing national parks in the past.
In recent years, various issues have been raised, e.g. dealing with various environmental issues such as global warming and the crisis of the ecosystem, promoting tourism and industries utilizing the natural environment and historical scenery of Okinawa, cooperating with the community, and managing parks to accommodate diversified needs of park users.
The Okinawa Churashima Foundation is committed to dealing with these issues by gathering the knowledge and capabilities that we have cultivated thus far. Therefore, with the Research Center as the base, the foundation, from a long-term point of view, will enhance and advance the research study and promotion of matters such as environmental issues with high social needs, industrial development, and improvement of park functions to further contribute to society.
(Executive Director of OCF)
|Area of expertise||Administration, Environmental education, Public participation|
|Qualifications||Professional Engineer ,Civil Engineering (Urban & Regional Planning), Project WILD Facilitator, Project WILD Educator, California, U.S.A.|
|Full Name||Affiliation||Position||Area of expertise|
Okayama University of Science, Faculty of Biosphere-Geosphere Science, Department of Biosphere-Geosphere Science
Kobe Suma Aqualife Park
Academic Research Control
|Marine biology centering on sea turtles|
|Kazuhiro Nakaya||Hokkaido University||Emeritus Professor||Systematic taxonomy and functional morphology of cartilaginous fish and sharks|
|Hidehiro Kato||The Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology||
|Senzo Uchida||Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium||Emeritus Curator||Captive research on aquatic mammals and elasmobranchs|
|Tetsuo Yoshino||Former University of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Science||Associate Professor||
|Hajime Koshimizu||Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure||President||Bioenvironmental engineering, Greening environmental engineering|
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
B.P.Bishop Museum, Honolulu, U.S.A.
Emeritus Curator, Adviser
|Plant science and resources, systematic botany, botanical garden science|
|Masahiro Mii||Chiba University of Horticulture Studies||Emeritus Professor||Breeding, horticultural plant, gene recombination, tissue culture|
Former counselor of Okinawa Churashima Foundation
|Cytogenetics (orchid plants)|
University of the Ryukyus
Specified Nonprofit Corporation Society that Love the Landscape of Okinawa
|City and regional planning, Landscape and scenery development|
National Institute of Technology, Tokuyama College
Limited liability company
Showa Pharmaceutical University
Medicinal Plant Garden
Laboratory of Plant Resources for Medicines
Natural Products Chemistry
|Kurayoshi Takara||University of Ryukyus||Emeritus Professor||History of Ryukyu and research of reconstruction of Shuri castle|
|Yaeko Nishio||Finishing School Nishio Gakuin||Principal||Ryukyuan cuisine, Okinawan food|
|Junko Ashitom||Junko Ashitomi Food Culture Laboratory||Chief||Ryukyuan culture|
|Akira Goto||Nanzan University||Professor||Cultural Anthropology Ethnoarchaeology|
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