NKK Lab Report
Final Presentation of Master’s Student
Feb. 13, 2012
by Ima Yudin Rayaningtyas
The master’s student final presentations for this semester were held on Monday, February 13, 2012. The presentations were started from 9 am to 11.40 am, led by Prof. Higo as moderator. There were eight presenters and three of them were supervised by Prof. Nakagoshi, Kuti Funmilola Oluwatosin from Nigeria, Maki Watanabe and Kameoka Taishin from Japan. Besides the presenters, there were around ten professors and twelve observers. Each presenter had 15 minutes to present their thesis and 5 minutes for discussions.
As the sixth presenter, Mrs. Kuti presented “Wood Biomass Estimation on Satoyama forests in Higashi-Hiroshima City”. She stated the challenges and current status of Satoyama Forests in Japan. Her study aimed to compare the composition and structure of vegetation between unmanaged and managed forests; to evaluate the impact of forest management activities in Ikoinomori Park; to compare the potential wood biomass estimation between a managed and an unmanaged Satoyama forest in Ikoinomori Park; and to evaluate the calorific and ash contents of some selected wood samples. She recommended the promotion of Satoyama forest management so as to improve forest sustainability and develop a source of renewable energy. She also mentioned that volunteers, researchers and the government should be encouraged to promote Satoyama forest management activities.
Next, Ms. Watanabe presented “Tendency for Agricultural Damage by Japanese Monkey: Macaca fuscata in Northwest Area of Hiroshima Prefecture”. Her study intended to acknowledge the tendency for agricultural damage by monkeys in selected villages through a questionnaire and interviews. She declared that most villages which cultivate the land, risk having their produce damaged by monkeys.
Mrs. Kuti, Ms. Watanabe, Mr. Kameoka (left to right)
As the last presenter, Mr. Kameoka presented “Factors Attractive to Red-rumped Swallows during breeding session at Hiroshima University”. His study purposed to determine the relationship between Red-rumped swallows and artificial construction; and between Red-swallows and nature. He mentioned that tropical birds usually migrate to Japan prior to breeding session from April to November. This migration is caused by the abundance of food and few predators in Japan compared to tropical countries. Since there is plentiful food and nesting locations in Hiroshima University, he suggested that Hiroshima University should conserve the environment as for the conservation of bird from Asian tropical countries.
During the presentation
After Prof. Higo closed the presentation session, the audience congratulated those who gave presentations. There was an award session at 3.30 pm to announce the best presenter, but the audience could not attend it due to closed session.
Congratulations again to Mrs. Kuti, Ms. Watanabe and Mr. Kameoka, one step is already over. We hope you will keep up the good work. We wish you all much more success in the future.