Tatsuya Amano is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). His current project aims to assess the likelihood of catastrophic ecosystem shifts causing existential risks through statistical modelling based on both empirical data and expert knowledge.

He has a background in ecology and conservation biology, and his primary research interests are in the effective use of scientific information for biodiversity conservation. His research is focused in particular on the following three aspects of information use in conservation science: (i) identifying gaps in information and their drivers, (ii) overcoming information gaps with modelling approaches, and (iii) bridging the research-implementation gap.

He received his PhD at the University of Tokyo in 2006, after which he worked for the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Japan for five years. Since 2011, he has been based in Cambridge, and has previously been funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship by the European Commission, and the Isaac Newton Trust. Also see his personal website and Google Scholar Citations for further information.


Key Publications

Amano, T., Sandel, B., Eager, H., Bulteau, E., Svenning, J.-C., Dalsgaard, B., Rahbek, C., Davies, R.G. and Sutherland, W.J. (2014) Global distribution and drivers of language extinction risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281: 20141574.

Amano, T., Freckleton, R.P., Queenborough, S.A., Doxford, S.W., Smithers, R.J., Sparks, T.H. and Sutherland, W.J. (2014) Links between plant species’ spatial and temporal responses to a warming climate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281: 20133017.

Amano, T. and Sutherland, W.J. (2013) Four barriers to the global understanding of biodiversity conservation: wealth, language, geographical location and security. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280: 20122649.

Amano, T., Kusumoto, Y., Okamura, H., Baba, Y.G., Hamasaki, K., Tanaka, K. and Yamamoto, S. (2011) A macro-scale perspective on within-farm management: how climate and topography alter the effect of farming practices. Ecology Letters 14: 1263-1272.

Amano, T., Smithers, R.J., Sparks, T.H. and Sutherland, W.J. (2010) A 250-year index of first flowering dates and its response to temperature changes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 2451-2457.


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