The author, who has been into star-gazing since his childhood, majors Astrophysics in Tohoku University, Japan. While in the university, he realizes the importance of computer skills and knowledge as a young scientist and starts self-study on computers. Still wishing to become a scientist, he, however, decides to pursue a business carrier considering his (lack of) eligibility as a scientist. Knowing he is interested in and good at computers, he gets a job as a system engineer for one of the biggest computer manufacturers in Japan.

Several years have passed when he becomes aware of being stagnant with his carrier and experiences. This is also the time when Japan is in the bottom of the worst economic depression and hence there is little opportunity for him to boost his carrier. Around the same time, he begins traveling abroad by himself to extend his experiences, which gives a rise in his passion to the world.
These situations make him decide to study abroad and broaden and awaken himself. While he could enter a MBA program to continue his career in the computer business, his passion to nature and environmental issues leads him to completely change his career path. Giving an end to his 9-year career as a system engineer in NEC, he starts his master program in Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara, a well-sought professional school in environment.

After two years of the intense, tough program, he takes a position in the other side of the country. If Bren School is a notable professional school in environment in the west coast, Nicholas School, Duke University is one in the east coast where he starts his new career.

Work at Nicholas School

He belongs to Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab in Nicholas School, Duke University. The lab does researches on ecology, biology and conservation for marine life in spatial and temporal contexts. Spatial and temporal analysis on creatures is one of the hot topics in this realm as it reveals animal's abundance and distribution more practical to the real world's conservation.

Coupling his extensive computer skills and studies on environment, he develops OBIS-SEAMAP, an online service that collects and organizes research data on marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles and redistributes them value-added (see below for more details). 


Census of Marine Life




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