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Nobuaki Mizumoto is a postdoctorial researcher (JSPS overseas research fellow) studying problem solving and collective behaviors of social insects, advised by Stephen Pratt. His research interest is macro-scale patterns formed by behaviors of animals, including structures, movement patterns, and activity rhythms, asking how are these patterns created by behavioral rules and shaped by evolution. He is looking for answers to these questions by observing various behaviors of termites, by combining field works, lab experiments and computer simulations.


2018 Ph.D Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
2015 MS Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University

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  1. Mizumoto N. (2018) Barricade construction by primitive termites: Task allocation and evolutionary perspectives. Artificial Life and Robotics DOI:10.1007/s10015-018-0474-6
  2. Yashiro T., Lo N., Kobayashi K., Nozaki T., Fuchikawa T., Mizumoto N., Namba Y. & Matsuura K. (2018) Loss of males from mixed-sex societies in termites BMC Biology 16: 96 DOI:10.1186/s12915-018-0563-y
  3. Mizumoto N.§, Dobata S. (2018) The optimal movement patterns for mating encounters with sexually asymmetric detection ranges. Scientific Reports 8: 3356 DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21437-3
  4. Matsuura K.*§, Mizumoto N.*, Kobayashi K., Nozaki T., Fujita T., Yashiro T., Fuchikawa T., Mitaka Y. & Vargo E. L. (2018) A genomic imprinting model of termite caste determination: Not genetic but epigenetic inheritance influences offspring caste fate. The American Naturalist 191(6): 677-690 DOI:10.1086/697238
  5. Hasegawa E.*§, Mizumoto N.*, Kobayashi K., Dobata S., Yoshimura J. Watanabe S., Murakami Y. & Matsuura K. (2017) Nature of collective decision-making by simple yes/no decision units. Scientific Reports 7: 14436 DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-14626-z
  6. Mizumoto N.§, Fuchikawa T. & Matsuura K. (2017) Pairing strategy after today's failure: unpaired termites synchronize mate search using photic cycles. Population Ecology 59(3): 205-211 DOI:10.1007/s10144-017-0584-3
  7. Nagaya N.*,§ Mizumoto N.*, Abe S. M., Dobata S., Sato R. & Fujisawa R.§ (2017) Anomalous diffusion on the servosphere: a potential tool for detecting inherent organismal movement patterns. PLOS ONE12(6): e0177480. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177480
  8. Mizumoto N.§, Abe S. M.§ & Dobata S.§ (2017) Optimizing mating encounters by sexually dimorphic movements. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14: 20170086. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0086
  9. Mizumoto N.§, Yashiro T. & Matsuura K. (2016) Male same-sex pairing as an adaptive strategy for future reproduction in termites. Animal Behaviour 119: 179-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.07.007
  10. Mizumoto N.§, Kobayashi K. & Matsuura K. (2015) Emergence of intercolonial variation in termite shelter tube patterns and prediction of its underlying mechanism. Royal Society Open Science 2: 150360 DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150360
  11. Mizumoto N. & Matsuura K.§ (2013) Colony-specific architecture of shelter tubes by termites. Insectes Sociaux 60: 525-530. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-013-0319-1


2018 Eighth Ikushi Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science