NAME: Yuki BABA Ph. D(Agriculture)
Place of Birth: Fukuoka Pref.
Profile & Career
1998－2002: B.S. Division of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University
2002－2004: M.S. Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
2004－2008: Ph.D. (Agriculture) Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
2008－2009: Post-doctoral Researcher, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
2009－2011: Post-doctoral Researcher, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences
2012－2016: Researcher, Biodiversity Division, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences
2016－Present: Senior Researcher, Biodiversity Division, Institute for Agro-Environmental Science NARO
Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO
3-1-3 Kannondai, Tsukuba, 305-8604, Japan
Biology of spiders, Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Landscape Ecology
2005－2007: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (DC2)
2011: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (PD)
2013－2016: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
2017－2020: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research
◆Thesis for a degree
◇B.S. “Effect of detritus stabilimentum on foraging success in Cyclosa octotuberculata (Araneae: Araneidae) “
(Supervisor: Eiiti Kasuya, Associate Professor in Kyushu University)
◇M.S. “Morphological and behavioral differentiation of a kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai utilizing different hosts”
(Supervisor: Tadashi Miyashita, Professor in University of Tokyo)
◇Ph.D. “Host-associated trait differentiation of a kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai”
(Supervisor: Tadashi Miyashita, Professor in University of Tokyo)
2008: Best Poster Prize in 24th meeting of the Society of Population Ecology (Baba Y, Tanikawa A, Takada M, Futami K)
2009: Promotion Award from Arachnological Society of Japan
2010: Excellent Poster Prize in ESJ57 (Baba Y, Yoshitake H, Yoshimatsu S, Ihara Y)
2016: Excellent Poster Prize in ESJ63（Tsutsui M, Tanaka K, Baba YG, Miyashita T）
2017: Promotion Award for Young Researcher from Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO
・Arachnological Society of Japan (Managing Editor 2012－ 2018; Editor-in-Chief 2018－)
・Ecological Society of Japan
・Japan Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology
・Society of Population Ecology
Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment
Annales Zoologici Fennici
Applied Entomology and Zoology
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Bulletin of Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History Series A (Natural History)
International Journal of Pest Management
Japanese Journal of Conservation Ecology
Journal of Agricultural Reserch Quarterly (JARQ)
Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
Journal of Insect Behavior
Journal of Natural History
New Zealand Journal of Zoology
Pest Management Science
◆Publications (Peer-reviewed Journal)
 Baba YG, Tanaka K, Kusumoto Y, 2019 Changes in spider diversity and community structure along abandonment and vegetation succession in rice paddy ecosystem.
Ecological Engineering 127: 235-244.
 Katayama N, Bouam I, Koshida C, Baba YG, 2019 Biodiversity and yield under different land management regimes in orchard/vineyard landscapes: a meta-analysis.
Biological Conservation 229: 125-133.
 Baba YG, Watari Y, Nishi M, Sasaki T, 2019 Notes on the feeding habits of the Okinawan fishing spider, Dolomedes orion (Araneae: Pisauridae), in the southwestern islands of Japan.
Journal of Arachnology
 Baba YG, Tanikawa A, Takada MB, Futami K 2018 Dead or alive? Sexual conflict and lethal copulatory interactions in long-jawed Tetragnatha spiders.
Behavioral Ecology 29: 1278–1285.
 Baba YG, Tanikawa A 2018 Two new spider species of the genera Glenognatha and Pachygnatha (Araneae: Tetragnatidae) from Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 67: 39-42.
 Suguro T, Baba YG, Yamauchi T 2018 Phrurolithus splendidus Song & Zheng 1992 (Araneae: Phrurolithidae), new to Japanese fauna.
Acta Arachnologica 67: 19-21.
 Adachi-Hagimori T., Shimomoto M, Baba YG 2018 Predation of a biological control agent, Nesidiocoris tenuis (Reuter) (Hemiptera: Miridae), by a spider Leucauge blanda in an eggplant cultivated greenhouse.
Biocontrol Science & Technology 28: 874-882.
 Baba YG, Kusumoto Y, Tanaka K 2018 Effects of agricultural practice and fine-scale landscape factors on spiders and a pest insect in Japanese rice paddy ecosystems.
BioControl 63: 265–275.
 Toju H, Baba YG 2018 DNA metabarcoding of spiders, insects, and springtails for exploring potential linkage between above- and below-ground food webs.
 Osawa T, Baba YG, Suguro T, Naya N, Yamauchi T 2017 Specimen records of spider (Arachnida: Araneae) by monthly census for 3 years in forest areas of Yakushima Island, Japan.
Biodiversity Data Journal 5 e14789
 Baba YG, Tanikawa A 2017 A new species of the genus Anyphaena (Araneae: Anyphaenidae) from Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 66: 31-33.
 Baba YG, Ohno S, Ukuda-Hosokawa R, Tanikawa A 2017 A new record of the wall spider, Oecobius marathaus (Araneae: Oecobiidae) from Japan
Acta Arachnologica 66: 17-18.
 Nakano T, Ihara Y, Kumasaki Y, Baba YG, Tomikawa K 2017 Evaluation of the systematic status of geographical variations in Arcuphantes hibanus
(Arachnida: Araneae: Linyphiidae), with describing two new species.
Zoological Science 34: 331-344.
 Baba YG, Katayama N, Tanikawa A 2017 New records of the pirate spider Ero aphana from Japan.
Fauna Ryukyuana 34: 11-14.
 Baba YG, Tanaka K 2016 Factors affecting abundance and species composition of generalist predators (Tetragnatha spiders) in agricultural ditches adjacent to rice paddy fields.
Biological Control103: 147-153.
 Tsutsui MH, Tanaka K, Baba YG, Miyashita T 2016 Spatio-Temporal dynamics of generalist predators (Tetragnatha spider) in environmentally friendly paddy fields.
Applied Entomology and Zoology 51: 631-640.
 Baba YG, Tanaka K, Takenaka I, Kunimoto Y 2016 Potential effects of surrounding landscape and non-selective insecticides on abundance of predatory bugs, Orius spp. (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae) in eggplant fields.
Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology 60: 171-178. (in Japanese with English abstract and figure captions)
 Baba YG and Yoshitake H 2016 A new record of Cheiracanthium taegense (Araneae: Eutichuridae) from Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 65: 39-41.
 Baba YG, Suguro T, Naya N, Yamauchi T 2016 A gynandromorph of the funnel-web spider, Allagelena opulenta (Araneae: Agelenidae).
Acta Arachnologica 65: 11-13.
 Krehenwinkel H, Graze M, Rödder D, Tanaka K, Baba YG, Muster C, Uhl G 2016 A phylogeographic survey of a highly dispersive spider reveals Eastern Asia as a major glacial refugium for Palearctic fauna.
Journal of Biogeography 43: 1583-1594.
 Baba YG, Suguro T, Yamauchi T. 2015 A record of Anepsion japonicum (Araneae: Araneidae) from Yakushima Island, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, after an interval of 47 years.
Fauna Ryukyuana 26: 23–26. (in Japanese with English abstract and figure captions)
 Baba YG, Takada MB 2015 Spider ecology in agroecosystems: from field-plot scale to nation-wide scale (In Japanese).
SEIBUTSU KAGAKU 66: 101-111.
 Katayama N, Baba YG, Kusumoto Y, Tanaka K 2015 A review of post-war changes in rice farming and biodiversity in Japan.
Agricultural Systems 132: 73-84.
 Baba YG, Kusahara M, Maezono Y, Miyashita T 2014 Adjustment of web-building initiation to high humidity: a constraint by humidity-dependent thread stickiness in the spider Cyrtarachne.
Naturwissenchaften 101: 587-593.
 Baba YG 2013 Two new species of jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) from Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 62: 103-107.
 Baba YG 2013 A new species of the genus Marpissa (Araneae: Salticidae) from Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 62: 51-53.
 Watabiki D, Yoshimatsu S, Yoshitake H, Baba Y, Uesato T, Shimatani M, Ibusuki H, Yuda T 2013 Discrimination methods of a migratory pest, Spodoptera exempta occurred in Japan for the first time in 2010 from other similar Japanese pests of the genus Spodoptera Guenii (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae).
 Baba YG, Walters RJ, Miyashita T 2013 Complex latitudinal variation in the morphology of the kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai associated with the host use and climatic conditions.
Population Ecology 55:43-51.
 Kudo Y, Kojima H, Yoshitake H, Baba YG, Kobayashi N 2012 Population structure of the flightless supralittloral Weevil Aphela gotoi (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) inferred from mitochondrial COI Sequences.
Japanese Journal of Systematic Entomology 18:195-202.
 Baba YG, Osada Y, Miyashita T 2012 The effect of host web complexity on prey stealing success in a kleptoparasitic spider mediated by locomotor performance.
Animal Behaviour 83:1261-1268.
 Amano T, Kusumoto Y, Okamura H, Baba YG, Hamasaki K, Tanaka K, Yamamoto S 2011 A macro-scale perspective on within-farm management: how climate and topography alter the effect of farming practices.
 Kunitake Y, Terada S, Baba Y, Miyashita T 2010 Pollination system of Aucuba japonica -a pollination experiment and an observation of floral visitors.
Japanese Journal of Forest Research 92:217-220. (In Japanese with English summary)
 Baba YG 2010 A new record of Siler collingwoodi (Araneae: Salticidae) from Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 59:17-19
 Yoshitake H, Baba Y, Tanaka K 2010 The roles of taxonomists in the research project"Selection of functional biodiversity indicators and development of assessment methods" under the commission from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.
Kontyu new series 13:93-103. (In Japanese with English summary)
 Baba Y 2009 Host-associated trait differentiation in the kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai (In Japanese).
Acta Arachnologica 58:105-110.
 Takada M, Baba YG, Yanagi Y, Terada S, Miyashita T 2008 Contrasting responses of web-building spiders to deer browsing among habitats and feeding guilds.
Environmental Entomology 37:938-946.
 Baba YG, Miyashita T 2008 Geographic variation of body size and voltinism in the kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai.
Acta Arachnologica 57:51-54 (in Japanese with English summary).
 Baba YG, Walters RJ, Miyashita T 2007 Host-dependent difference in prey acquisition between populations in kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai (Araneae: Theridiidae).
Ecological Entomology 32:38-44.
 Baba Y, Miyashita T 2006 Does individual internal state affect the presence of a barrier web in Argiope bruennichii (Araneae: Araneidae)?
Journal of Ethology 24:75-78.
 Baba YG 2006 A new species of the genus Mendoza (Araneae: Salticidae) from South west Islands of Japan.
Acta Arachnologica 55:107-109.
 Baba YG, Miyashita T 2005 Geographical host change between populations in Argyrodes kumadai associated with distribution of two host species.
Acta Arachnologica 54:75-76.
 Baba Y 2003 Testing for the effect of detritus stabilimenta on foraging success in Cyclosa octotuberculata (Araneae: Araneidae).
Acta Arachnologica 52:1-3.
 Morita S, Yoshitake H, Baba Y, Kurihara T, Kusumoto Y, Kamo T, Hiradate S 2009 The relationship between soil chemical properties and biota including plants and small arthropods at levee around agricultural fields in Northern Kanto, Japan. NIAES MARCO symposium 2009 "Challenges for Agro-Environment Research in Monsoon Asia", Japan.
 Baba Y, Kurihara T, Yoshitake H, Yoshimatsu S, Sakamoto H, Hiradate S 2009 Morphological characteristics of Japanese jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) as potential biological indicators in agro-ecosystems. The 6th Asia-Pacific Congress of Entomology, Beijin, China.
 Yoshitake H, Baba Y, Kurihara T, Morita S, Kamo T, Kusumoto Y, Hiradate S 2009 Influence of land-use on arthropod communities through vegetation changes in Japanese agro-ecosystems. The 6th Asia-Pacific Congress of Entomology, Beijin, China.
 Baba Y, Miyashita T 2010 Host-associated differentiation in relative leg-length of the kleptoparasitic spider Argyrodes kumadai. 18th InternationalCongress of Arachnology, Siedlce, Poland.
 Sakamoto H, Baba Y, Sunamura E, Suzuki S, Higashi S 2010 Rapid predation of Japanese myrmecophagous jumping spider Siler vittatus against the Argentine ant Linepithema humile. International Union for The Study of Social Insects XVI congress, Denmark.
 Watabiki D, Yoshimatsu S, Yoshitake H, Baba Y, Uesato T, Shimatani M, Ibusuki H, Yuda T 2012 Discrimination methods of a migratory pest, Spodoptera exempta occurred in Japan for the first time in 2010 from other similar Japanese pests of the genus Spodoptera Guenii (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), XXIV International Congress of Entomology, Korea -Daegu
 Baba Y, Kusumoto Y, Tanaka K, 2013 The effects of landscape structure and agricultural practice on spider community in rice paddy fields of Japan. 19th International Congress of Arachnology, Taiwan.
 Baba Y, Kusumoto Y, Tanaka K, 2013 The effects of landscape structure and agricultural practice on spider community in rice paddy fields of Japan. INTECOL 2013, London, UK.
 Baba Y, 2015 Effects of environmentally friendly farming and multi-scale environmental factors on generalist predators in rice paddy ecosystems of Japan, MARCO Symposium 2015 Next Challenges of Agro-Environmental Research in Monsoon Asia PROGRAM and ABSTRACTS, MARCO Symposium 2015
 Baba YG, Tanaka K, 2016 Effects of environmentally friendly farming on abundance and diversity of beneficial arthropods in rice paddy ecosystems of Japan. The 7th EAFES@Daegu, Korea.19-22 April