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Masahito Morita, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Evolutionary Anthropology Lab (Yasuo Ihara's Lab) , Department of Biological Sciences
    Graduate School of Science , The University of Tokyo , Japan

    Visiting Researcher
    Kyoto Regional Center for the Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS) [Eco-Chil] 
    Graduate School of Medicine , Kyoto University , Japan

    Sex: Male; Place of birth: Nara, Japan; Date of birth: December, 1988; Nationality: Japanese

    ResearchGate

Contact information
    E-mail: mmorita.human "at" gmail.com (primary), masmorita "at" bs.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp
    Postal address: #347 Sci Bldg #2, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
    Tel: +81-3-5841-4451; Fax: +81-3-5841-4411

Research interests
    The biology of human behavior, including evolutionary and sociocultural aspects
        Human behavioral ecology, evolutionary demography, human ethology, and anthropology
            Evolutionary approaches to fertility decline and other (mal)adaptive behaviors
            Evolutionary studies of human behavior and the sociobiology debate
        National birth cohort survey on child health, child development, and family wellbeing
        Evolutionary and ecological studies on human language (Evolinguistics) 
        Adolescent sociality, communication, cultural transmission, and metacognition

    Symposium "ALE <Adolescence X Language Evolution>" in Tokyo 2019

Education
    2016: PhD (5-year course) in the Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems ,
              School of Advanced Sciences ,
              SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) , Japan
              Supervisors: Dr. Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa ,
                                   Dr. Hisashi Ohtsuki  & Dr. Kaori Iida

    2011: BSc in the Department of Biology , Faculty of Science ,
              Osaka City University , Japan
              Laboratory of Animal Sociology; Supervisor: Dr. Masanori Kohda

Research experience
    2018.4 – present: Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Science, The University of Tokyo

    2016.4 – 2018.3: Postdoctoral Researcher in the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

    2013.4 – 2016.3: Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1) 

    2012.6 – 2013.3: Research Assistant in the School of Advanced Sciences, SOKENDAI

    2011.6 – 2012.3: Research Assistant in the School of Advanced Sciences, SOKENDAI

Publications (peer-reviewed)
    10. Morita, M. (accepted)
        Behaviours of dyads sitting outside in New York's Times Square:
        exploratory observation using webcam videos
        Journal of Human Ergology (DOI)

    9. Morita, M. (2019)
        Human behavioral ecology
        In: Schackelford, T. K. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. A. (eds.)
        Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer, Cham. 
        Living Edition: 4 pp.  (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1380-1)

    8. Morita, M. (2018)
        Demographic studies enhance the understanding of evolutionarily (mal)adaptive
        behaviors and phenomena in humans: a review on fertility decline and an integrated model
        Population Ecology, 60(1–2): 143–154.  (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10144-017-0597-y)

    7. Morita, M., Go, T., Hirabayashi, K., Heike, T.
        & Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS) Group (2017)
        Parental condition and infant sex at birth in the Japan Environment and Children's Study:
        a test of the Trivers–Willard hypothesis
        Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 8(2): 40–44.  (https://doi.org/10.5178/lebs.2017.63)

    6. Morita, M. (2017)
        An evolutionary perspective on child sciences:
        towards interdisciplinary studies [in Japanese]
        Child Science, 13: 33–36.

    5. Morita, M. (2016)
        The relationship between evolutionary studies of human behavior and society:
        with reference to the sociobiology debate [in Japanese with an English abstract]
        Japanese Journal of Ecology, 66(3): 549–560.  (https://doi.org/10.18960/seitai.66.3_549)

    4. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M. (2016b)
        Does sexual conflict between mother and father lead to fertility decline?
        A questionnaire survey in a modern developed society
        Human Nature, 27(2): 201–219.  (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12110-016-9254-y)

    3. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M. (2016a)
        A panel data analysis of the probability of childbirth in a Japanese sample:
        new evidence of the two-child norm
        American Journal of Human Biology, 28(2): 220–225. (https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.22776)

    2. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H., Sasaki, A. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M. (2012)
        Factors affecting the number of children in five developed countries:
        a statistical analysis with an evolutionary perspective
        Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 3(1): 7–11.  (https://doi.org/10.5178/lebs.2012.19)

    1. Morita, M. (2011)
        Sex differences in human greeting behaviors in waiting and meeting situations:
        a field study in Japan
        Journal of Human Ergology, 40(1–2): 79–83.  (https://doi.org/10.11183/jhe.40.79)

    Google Scholar Citations

Other publications (without review; regardless of article type)
    3. Morita, M., Iwasawa, M. & Kaneko R. (2018)
        An evolutionary and ecological study on marriage and fertility decline:
        socioeconomic success and reproductive success [in Japanese]
        JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grant Number: 25245061) Project Report: 117–119.

    2. Morita, M. & Kaneko R. (2017)
        Analyses on marriage towards understandings of fertility decline: the relationship
        between socioeconomic success and reproductive success (a preliminary report) [in Japanese]
        JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grant Number: 26285128) Project Report: 161–174.

    1. Morita, M. (2016)
        Understanding human nature: a personal perspective [in Japanese]
        Anthropological Letters, 5(2): 23–25.

Presentations
    11. Morita, M.
        Exploring socioecological foundations for the evolution of language:
        observation of communication in a natural setting using webcam videos
        The 14th European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association conference 
        Toulouse 1 University Capitole, France, 23–26 April, 2019, Poster 

    10. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        Evolutionary approaches to human demography: case studies on fertility decline
        The 32nd annual meeting of the Society of Population Ecology
        Plenary Symposium
        "Evolutionary demography: the dynamic and broad intersection of ecology and evolution"
        Organizers: Takenori Takada & Richard Shefferson
        Shika-no-yu Hotel in Jozankei, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, 3–5 November, 2016, Oral [S-14]

    9. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M. 
        Socioeconomic success vs. reproductive success:
        an evolutionary approach to fertility decline in modern competitive societies
        Economics and Biology of Contests conference 
        Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 27–28 February, 2016, Oral 

    8. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H., Kokko, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        Maximization of "Happiness" (= biological fitness and self-enhancement):
        a mathematical model of fertility decline in humans
        The 8th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan 
        SOKENDAI, Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan, 5–6 December, 2015, Poster [P26] 

    7. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M. 
        Fertility decline in Japan: effects of socioeconomic status and sexual conflict
        The 3rd annual meeting of the Evolutionary Demography Society 
        Conference Centre De WereltLunteren, The Netherlands, 5–7 October, 2015,
        Lightning Talk & Poster 

    6. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        Evolutionary biology of fertility decline in humans: case studies in Japan
        Biology15 (the joint meeting of Swiss societies on organismic biology) 
        EawagDübendorf, Switzerland, 12–13 February, 2015, Poster [3] 

    5. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        Mothers desire a smaller number of children than fathers?
        Sexual conflict over fertility in modern society
        The 22nd biennial international conference on Human Ethology 
        Federal University of Pará, Belém, Brazil, 5–9 August, 2014, Poster [2]

    4. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        The presence of two children prevents further childbirth?
        A statistical analysis of Japanese panel data
        The 26th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
        Praiamar Natal Hotel & Convention, Natal, Brazil, 30 July – 2 August, 2014, Oral

    3. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        Does sexual conflict between parents lead to fertility decline?
        A questionnaire survey in Japan
        Cooperation and Conflict in the Family conference 
        The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2–5 February, 2014, Oral 

    2. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        When to have babies:
        a panel data analysis of childbirth in Japan with evolutionary perspectives
        The 8th European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association conference 
        VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24–27 March, 2013, Poster [63] 

    1. Morita, M., Ohtsuki, H., Sasaki, A. & Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, M.
        Factors affecting the number of children in five developed countries:
        a statistical analysis with an evolutionary perspective
        The 24th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
        The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, USA, 13–17 June, 2012, Poster [55]
 
PhD Thesis (for Doctor of Philosophy)
    Evolutionary approaches to fertility decline in humans: case studies in Japan

Research grants
    2018–2020: ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan Connections Grant
        "Adolescent sociality across cultures: establishing a Japan-UK collaboration"
        49,825 GBP in total (Co-PI with Dr. Emily Emmott at the University College London )

    2013–2016: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number: 13J04635)
        Japan Society for the Promotion of Science "Evolutionary approaches to fertility decline
        and human reproductive strategies" 3,000,000 JPY in total (PI)

Editorial services
    Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science Copy Editor (2016.2 – present)

    Reviewer:
        Annals of Nursing and Practice; Evolution and Human Behavior; Frontiers in Psychology
        Journal of Biosocial SciencePopulation Ecology

Awards
    The SOKENDAI Research Award (September, 2016)