Sarah Gergel, Associate Professor, Landscape Ecology & Conservation

Landscape Ecology Lab, Forest and Conservation Sciences

Kenta Koyanagi


I am a visiting international research student (VIRS) from University of Eastern Finland. Currently, I am participating in a research project, analyzing the relationship between “dietary diversity” and “landscape structure” in a rural area of Vietnam. I am mainly using satellite image data and GIS software for the research. I’m visiting the landscape ecology lab as a part of my master’s program (Erasmus Mundus MSc European Forestry Programme). Before starting master’s program, I was studying watershed management at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. For undergraduate thesis project, I was working with Dr. Takashi Gomi (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology) and Dr. Roy C Sidle (University of the Sunshine Coast). I also have studied forestry at the University of Putra Malaysia for one semester as an exchange student. I like mountaineering, camping, fishing, hot spring, sauna, tropical rainforest, sushi, drone, football, traveling, turtle and so on. I am originally from Kyushu Island, SW Japan.


  • 08/2017 – Present      MSc candidate, School of Forest Science, University of Eastern Finland
  • 04/2013 – 03/2017    Bachelor of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Research Interests

1. GIS data analysis and remote sensing combined with intensive field study

2. The effect of natural/artificial disturbance on forest ecosystem services, especially soil and water conservation functions

3. Detection of spatio-temporal distribution of course woody debris (CWD) by using remote sensing

4. Deforestation and land use and land cover (LULC) change in SE Asia

Awards, scholarships and fellowships

  • 2017 – 2019  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees Scholarship, European Union
  • 2017 – 2018  Youth Researcher Grants, Japan Society of Erosion Control Engineering
  • 2017              Japan Forestry Society Presidential Award for Undergraduate Thesis
  • 2015 – 2016  ASEAN International Mobility for Students Program


Sidle, R. C., Gomi, T., Akasaka, M., & Koyanagi, K. (2017). Ecosystem changes following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan: Future perspectives. Ambio, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s13280-017-1005-8.

Contact Info

Email: kentako<at>


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