Takashi T. Makino

e-mail: mkntkst [at] gmail.com

Academic Appointments

Apr. 2012––Mar. 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Jun Yokoyama Lab., Yamagata University, Japan

Apr. 2016––Sep. 2016

Lecturer (part time), Yamagata University, Japan

Apr. 2015––Sep. 2015

Lecturer (part time), Yamagata University, Japan

Apr. 2010––Mar. 2012

JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow (overseas), James Thomson Lab., University of Toronto, Canada

Apr. 2009––Mar. 2010

Postdoctoral Researcher, Satoki Sakai Lab., Tohoku University, Japan

Apr. 2006––Mar. 2009

JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kaz Ohashi Lab., University of Tsukuba, Japan


Apr. 2002––Mar. 2006 Ph.D. in Life Science

Title: “Spatial foraging patterns of individual bumble bees: what plants does a bee revisit  frequently?”, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Advisor: Prof. Satoki Sakai

Apr. 2000––Mar. 2002 M.Sc. in Science

Title: “Individual differences and time-dependent changes in plant-faithful behavior of bumble bees: findings from a bee-tracking experiment in a net cage (in Japanese)”, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Advisor: Prof. Satoki Sakai Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Advisor: Prof. Satoki Sakai

Apr. 1996––Mar. 2000 B.Sc. in Science

Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Advisor: Prof. Satoki Sakai

Research Articles (Refereed)
  1. Makino TT and Ohashi K. Honest signals to maintain a long-lasting relationship: floral colour change prevents plant-level avoidance by experienced pollinators, Functional Ecology, [link]
  2. Makino TT and Yokoyama J. (2015) Nonrandom composition of flower colors in a plant community: mutually different co-flowering natives and disturbance by aliens. PLoS ONE 10: e0143443 [link]
  3. Ohashi K, Makino TT and Arikawa K (2015) Floral colour change in the eyes of pollinators: possible constraints and correlated evolution with bee pollinationFunctional Ecology [link]
  4. Makino TT (2013) Longer visits on familiar plants?: testing a regular visitor's tendency to probe more flowers than occasional visitors, Naturwissenschaften 100:659-666 [link]
  5. Thomson JD, Ogilvie JE, Makino TT, Arisz A, Raju S, Rojas-Luengas V and Tan MGR, Estimating pollination success with novel artificial flowers: Effects of nectar concentration. Journal of Pollination Ecology, 9:108-114[link]
  6. Makino TT and Thomson JD (2012) Innate or learned preference for upward-facing flowers?: implications for the costs of pendent flowers from experiments on captive bumble bees. Journal of Pollination Ecology, 9:79-84 [link]
  7. Inoue MN, Makino TT, Yokoyama J and Sakai S (2010) Could Bombus terrestris be a stronger competitor against native species?: comparison of foraging efficiency of B. terrestris and native bumblebee species. Applied Entomology and Zoology 45:71-75 [link]
  8. Makino TT (2008) Bumble bee preference for flowers arranged on a horizontal plane versus inclined planes. Functional Ecology, 22:1027-1032 [link]
  9. Sakai S, Suzuki Y, Itagaki T, Tsujisawa H and Makino TT (2008) On the function of hermaphrodite florets in female inflorescences in Petasites japonicus (Asteraceae). Botany, 86:179-184
  10. Makino TT and Sakai S (2007) Experience changes pollinator responses to floral display size: from size-based to reward-based foraging. Functional Ecology, 21:854-863 [link]
  11. Makino TT, Ohashi K and Sakai S (2007) How do floral display size and the density of surrounding flowers influence the likelihood of bumble-bee revisitation to a plant? Functional Ecology 21:87-95 [link]
  12. Takahashi K, Makino TT and Sakai S (2005) Effects of sib-competition on female reproductive success in Salvia lutescens Koidz. var. crenataEvolutionary Ecology Research 7:1021-1207
  13. Makino TT and Sakai S (2005) Does interaction between bumblebees (Bombus ignitus) reduce their foraging area? : bee-removal experiments in a net cage. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 57: 617-622 [link]
  14. Makino TT and Sakai S (2004) Findings on spatial foraging patterns of bumblebees (Bombus ignitus) from a bee-tracking experiment in a net cage. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56:155-163 [link]
Review Articles (Refereed, in Japanese)
  1. Makino TT and Arikawa K (2014) Basic knowledge of visual system: humans as an example. Shuseibutsugaku Kenkyu 37:11-28
  2. Makino TT and Yokoyama J (2014) The (unknown) world seen through the eyes of bees. Shuseibutsugaku Kenkyu 37:63-83
  3. Yasumoto AA, Nitta K and Makino TT (2014) Speciation triggered by a mutation in flower color? Shuseibutsugaku Kenkyu 37:171-178
  4. Makino TT and Yokoyama J (2014) Invisible third-parties behind mutualism: a review on plant-pollinator interactions altered by nectar-dwelling yeasts and bacteria. Japanese Journal of Ecology 64:101-115
  5. Ohashi K and Makino TT (2012) Pollination ecologists can learn more from zoology, but not just for sexual selection –as additional remarks to Ito (2009)–. Seibutsukagaku 64:51-64
  6. Suzuki M, Ohashi K and Makino TT (2011) An integrative approach to trait evolution via biological interactions: ‘floral color change’ as a model system. Japanese Journal of Ecology 61: 259-274
  7. Makino TT (2009) Pollinator individuality in a relationship between floral display size and pollinator visitation rate. Seibutsukagaku 60:142-15
Books (in Japanese)
  1. Introduction to Cognitive Ecology: the world seen through the eyes of animals. (2014) Edited by Makino TT and Yasumoto AA. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan Co. Tokyo
  2. Dictionary of Ethology. (2013) Edited by Ueda et al. (Makino TT has edited “nectar robbing”) Tokyokagakudoujin. Tokyo


Reviewer for: American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Botany (Can J Bot), Ecological Research, Genes & Genetic Systems, Insectes Sociaux, Japanese Journal of Ecology, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, Journal of Plant Research, Plant Biology, Plant Ecology, Plant Species Biology, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Population Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B