Kazuki Kimura, PhD Japanese / English

Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Kawauchi 41, Aobaku, Sendai, 9800862, Japan.

Contact: k.kimura.000(at-mark)

Link to my ORCID

---Employment & Education---

May 2021 - present: Post-doc, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University

Apr 2018 - Apr 2021: Research Fellow, Department of Biology, Kyungpook National University

Jun.2012 - Mar 2018: Post-doc, Laboratory of Conservation Biology, Department of Environmental Life Sciences, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University

Apr.2012 - May.2012: Visiting Research Scholar, University of the Philippines

Oct.2008 - Mar.2012: Research Assistant, The GCOE program J03 (Ecosystem management adapting to global change)

Apr.2008 - Mar.2012: Ph.D., Tohoku University

Nov.2009: Visiting Researcher, Vrije University

Apr.2006 - Mar.2008: M.Sc., Tohoku University

Apr.2002 - Mar.2006: B.Sc., Tohoku University

---Research Interests---

・Conservation of land, freshwater, and marine molluscs

・Sexual selection and sexual conflict in simultaneously hermaphroditic molluscs

・Ecological and morphological diversification and interspecific interaction

・Community structure in land snails


(*: Corresponding, †: equal contribution) Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate

・Peer-Reviewed papers

[24] Kimura, K*, Chiba, S, & Pak, J (in press)

Molecular investigation on diversity of the land snail genus Aegista (Gastropoda, Camaenidae) in South Korea

Biodiversity Data Journal

[23] Sano, I*, Saito, T, Ito, S, Ye, B, Uechi, T, Seo, T, Do, VT, Kimura, K, Hirano, T, Yamazaki, D, Shirai, A, Kondo, T, Miura, O, Miyazaki, J & Chiba, S (2022)

Resolving species-level diversity of Beringiana and Sinanodonta mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Japanese archipelago using genome-wide data

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 175: 107563 [Link]

[22] Kimura, K*, Chiba, S, Prozorova, L & Pak, J (2022)

Long-distance dispersal from island to island: Colonization of an oceanic island in the vicinity of the Asian continent by the land snail genus Karaftohelix (Gastropoda: Camaenidae)

Molluscan Research 42 (2): 168-174 [Link]

[21] Shibuya, K†, Chiba, S & Kimura, K*† (2022)

Sexual inactivation induced by the mucus that covers love-darts of a land snail: Sexual selection and evolution of allohormones in hermaphrodites

The Journal of Experimental Biology 225(4): jeb238782 [Link]

[20] Saito T*, Hirano T, Ye B, Prozorova L, Shovon MS, Do VT, Kimura K, Surenkhorloo P, Kameda Y, Morii Y, Fukuda H & Chiba S (2021)

A comprehensive phylogeography of the widespread pond snail genus Radix revealed restricted colonisation due to niche conservatism.

Ecology & Evolution 11(24): 18446-18459 [Link]

[19] Kimura K*, Chiba S & Pak JH* (2021)

Discovery of Gastrocopta armigerella (Reinhardt, 1877) (Gastropoda: Gastrocoptidae) from Jeju Island, South Korea.

Molluscan Diversity 6(1): 47-49. (in Japanese)

[Abstract: The maritime gastropod Gastrocopta armigerella (Reinhardt, 1877) was found from Jeju Island, South Korea. This is the first record from the island.]

[18] Kimura K*, Hirano T, Chiba S & Pak J (2020)

Note on occurrence of the land slug family Rathouisiidae Heude, 1885 from South Korea and its DNA barcode.

Biodiversity Journal 11(4): 1015-1019. [Journal website]

[17] Kimura K* & Noseworthy RG (2020)

First record of the little-known land gastropod genus Nobuea Kuroda et Miyanaga, 1943 (Gastropoda Diplommatinidae) from Jeju Island, South Korea.

Biodiversity Journal 11(1): 289-292. [Journal website]

[16] Kimura K*, Sano I, Kameda Y, Saito T & Chiba S (2020)

Phylogenetic position of the Japanese land slug genus Granulilimax Minato, 1989 based on preliminary analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear genes.

American Malacological Bulletin 37(2): 53-61. [Abstract]

[15] Kimura K*, Chiba S & Pak JH (2019)

First record of the land gastropod genus Otesiopsis from South Korea (Helicarionoidea Bourguignat, 1877).

Biodiversity Data Journal 7: e46984. [Abstract]

[14] Kimura K*, Saito T, Chiba S & Pak JH (2019)

An updated checklist of land and freshwater gastropod fauna on Ulleung Island, South Korea.

American Malacological Bulletin 37(1): 35-39. [Abstract]

[13] Shimizu K*, Kimura K, Isowa Y, Oshima K, Ishikawa M, Kagi H, Kito K, Hattori M, Chiba S & Endo K (2019)

Insights into the evolution of shells and love darts of land snails revealed from their matrix proteins.

Genome Biology and Evolution 11(2): 380-397. [Abstract]

[12] Richards, P.M., Morii, Y., Kimura, K., Hirano, T., Chiba, S. & Davison, A.* (2017)

Single-gene speciation: Mating and gene flow between mirror image snails.

Evolution Letters 1(6): 282-291. [Abstract]

[11] Kimura, K.*†, Shibuya, K.† & Chiba, S. (2016)

Effect of injection of love-dart mucus on physical vigor in land snails: can remating suppression be explained by physical damage?

Ethology Ecology & Evolution 28(3): 284-294. [Abstract]

[10] Kimura, K.*, & Chiba, S. (2015)

The direct cost of traumatic secretion transfer in hermaphroditic land snails - individuals stabbed with a love dart decrease lifetime fecundity.

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20143063. [Abstract]

[featured in National Geographic, Discover Magazine, The Economist]

[9] Kimura, K.*, Hirano, T. & Chiba, S. (2015)

Assortative mating with respect to size in the simultaneously hermaphroditic land snail Bradybaena pellucida.

Acta Ethologica 18: 265-268. [Abstract]

[8] Hirano, T.*, Kameda, Y., Kimura, K. & Chiba, S. (2015)

Divergence in the shell morphology of the land snail genus Aegista (Pulmonata: Bradybaenidae) under phylogenetic constraints.

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 229-241. [Abstract]

[7] Kimura, K.*, Chiba, S. & Koene, J.M. (2014)

Common effect of the mucus transferred during mating in two dart-shooting snail species from different families.

The Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 1150-1153. [Abstract]

[featured in INSIDE JEB section of The Journal of Experimental Biology]

[6] Hirano, T.*, Kameda, Y., Kimura, K. & Chiba, S. (2014)

Substantial incongruence among the morphology, taxonomy, and molecular phylogeny of the land snails Aegista, Landouria, Trishoplita, and Pseudobuliminus (Pulmonata: Bradybaenidae) occurring East Asia.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 70: 171-181. [Abstract]

[5] Kimura, K.* & Chiba, S. (2013)

Strategic ejaculation in simultaneously hermaphroditic land snails: more sperm into virgin mates.

BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 264. [Abstract]

[4] Kimura, K.*, Shibuya, K. & Chiba, S. (2013)

The mucus of a land snail love-dart suppresses subsequent matings in darted individuals.

Animal Behaviour 85(3): 631-635. [Abstract]

[featured in Our Amazing Planet]

[3] Kimura, K.* & Chiba, S. (2013)

Delayed spermatophore removal in the land snail Euhadra peliomphala.

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108(4): 806-811. [Abstract]

[2] Kimura, K.* & Chiba, S. (2010)

Interspecific interference competition alters habitat use patterns in two species of land snails.

Evolutionary Ecology 24(4): 815-825. [Abstract]

[1] Chiba, S.*, Okochi, I., Ohbayashi, T., Miura, D., Mori, H., Kimura, K. & Wada, S. (2009)

Effects of habitat history and extinction selectivity on species-richness patterns of an island land snail fauna.

Journal of Biogeography 36: 1913-1922. [Abstract]

・Non Peer-Reviewed papers

[5] Kimura K* (2021)

Note on the sequence data of “Fruticicola koreana” deposited in the GenBank

Molluscan Diversity Journal 2: 2021004.

[4] Kimura K* (2020)

Notes on the reproductive biology of the endangered land snail Karaftohelix adamsi

Molluscan Diversity Journal 1: 18160420. (in Japanese)

[3] Kimura K* (2020)

DNA barcoding of rathouisiid slugs on the Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Molluscan Diversity Journal 1: 16140120. (in Japanese)

[2] Kimura K* & Ohira H (2019)

First record of the pseudoscorpion Garypus japonicus from the Korean Peninsula.

Edaphologia 105: 25. (in Japanese)

[1] Kimura K* (2015)

Interference effect of the alien land snail Macrochlamys sp. on the native land snail Bekkochlamys perfragilis.

Research Bulletin of Environmental Education Center, Miyagi University of Education 17: 59-61. (in Japanese)


[1] Kimura K (2016)

Chapter 1. Uncontrollable Love - Mating and love darts in land snails.

In "Seven mysteries of molluscan life histories", ed: Nakashima Y, Tokai University Publishing. (in Japanese)


[3] Apr 2022 - Mar 2025: "" (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number: ???), ??? JPY, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research C, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

[2] Apr 2021 - Mar 2022: "Variation of reproductive morphology in a land snail endemic to Mt. Tsukuba" Research Grant by Mt.Tsukuba Area Geopark.

[1] Apr 2015 - Mar 2016: "Multiple evolution of reproductive behaviors with weapon traits in molluscs" Grant for natural history research, Fujiwara Natural History Foundation.

---Social contribution activities---

[2] 2019 - present: Cooperation for Conservation project of endangered species in South Korea (National Institute of Ecology, South Korea)

[1] 2006 - 2013: Cooperation for Conservation projects of World Natural Heritage, Ogasawara Islands (Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Forestry Agency, Japan; etc)

---Outreach activities---

[1] Speech "The attractiveness and values of land snails on islands - the case of the World Natural Heritage Ogasawara Islands". Public Lecture, Gyeonju, South Korea, Apr 2019.