Intra-University Cooperative Laboratories
Laboratory of Isotope Ecology
YONEDA Minoru Prof. Ph.D.
Other Affiliations: The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
Isotope ecology, Prehistoric anthropology, Chronology
Diet, Human remains, Osteoarchaaeology
I had always wanted to do “scientific” research on humans, but when I was a high school student I had never heard of natural anthropology. Thinking that primatology would be close to this, I entered the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science, where there was an anthropology course, but just after the departure of a prominent chimpanzee researcher, I was at a loss. It just so happened that I heard about a project to excavate Neanderthal site and fossils in the Syrian Arab Republic, and I joined the team in my third grade. I was fascinated by the multi-disciplinary discussions and the fieldwork in a foreign country, where experts from various fields and countries were gathered. I wanted to be a member of the team as an expert, so I decided to study anthropology using isotope analysis as my postgraduate subject. However, the laboratory in which I was staying decided to install a new AMS machine and I became a founding member of the radiocarbon dating laboratory at NIES. I really enjoyed working with physicists and chemists there. I enjoyed the opportunity to improve the equipment as an excuse to study at Oxford, which led me to the field of archaeological science. I found it interesting to discuss my analytical data from an archaeological point of view and pursued archaeological research. When I returned to Japan, I had the opportunity to run a laboratory and decided to start researching archaeology and ecology, with a focus on humans. Eventually, I came back to my first interest. Wherever and whatever the theme of my research was, I found it interesting. For the future, I want to research only those topics that I find truly interesting. At the same time, I want to encourage the next generation by providing them with a research environment and opportunities.
|2012-present Professor (full), Laboratory of Isotope Ecology, Department of Integrated Biosciences, Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo (cross appointment); Laboratory for Radiocarbon Dating, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
|2006-2012 Associate Professor, Laboratory of Human Evolution System, Department of Integrated Biosciences, Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo
|2002-2006 Senior Researcher, Environmental Chemistry Division, National Institute for Environmental Sciences
|2003-2005 JSPS Research Fellow/Research Associate, Research Laboratory of Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford
|1995-2002 Researcher, Environmental Chemistry Division, National Institute for Environmental Sciences
|2002 Ph.D. Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
|1994 M.Sc. Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
|1992 B.Sc. Department of Biology, The University of Tokyo