Dr Tatsuya Amano

ARC Future Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
t.amano@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56907

Overview

I am primarily interested in how we, as scientists, can make meaningful contributions to halting and reversing the ongoing global biodiversity crisis. I am particularly committed to tackling gaps in our knowledge needed for biodiversity conservation, focusing on the following three aspects.

(i) Identifying gaps in existing information and their drivers: I have been working on how information on biodiversity is distributed over space, time and taxa, and what causes the existing gaps in information availability.

(ii) Overcoming information gaps with modelling approaches: I have been applying modelling approaches to better inform conservation initiatives through the use of available, imperfect data. For this I have intensively worked on assessing long-term changes in global waterbird diversity (see for example our recent papers in Nature (also see my blog post) and Nature Climate Change (blog post))

(iii) Bridging the research-implementation gap: I am also keen to provide scientific information for conservation in a more accessible way and have been involved in the Conservation Evidence project as a statistical editor, with the aim of contributing to the implementation of evidence-based decision making in conservation.

I have recently started an ARC-funded project, which incorporates the above three aspects in order to understand the consequences of language barriers in biodiversity conservation (the translatE project – Transcending Language Barriers to Environmental Sciences: translatesciences.com). The project aims to assess the importance of scientific knowledge that is available in non-English languages, understand how language barriers impede the application of science in decision making, and devise solutions for exchanging information across languages in an effective manner.

See our work on language barriers in science featured in Nature, Science, The Guardian, The Economist and Cambridge Independent.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tokyo
  • Master of Science, University of Tokyo
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tokyo

Publications

  • Wauchope, Hannah S., Jones, Julia P. G., Geldmann, Jonas, Simmons, Benno I., Amano, Tatsuya, Blanco, Daniel E., Fuller, Richard A., Johnston, Alison, Langendoen, Tom, Mundkur, Taej, Nagy, Szabolcs and Sutherland, William J. (2022). Protected areas have a mixed impact on waterbirds, but management helps. Nature, 605 (7908), 103-107. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04617-0

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Berdejo-Espinola, Violeta, Christie, Alec P., Willott, Kate, Akasaka, Munemitsu, Báldi, András, Berthinussen, Anna, Bertolino, Sandro, Bladon, Andrew J., Chen, Min, Choi, Chang-Yong, Bou Dagher Kharrat, Magda, de Oliveira, Luis G., Farhat, Perla, Golivets, Marina, Hidalgo Aranzamendi, Nataly, Jantke, Kerstin, Kajzer-Bonk, Joanna, Kemahlı Aytekin, M. Çisel, Khorozyan, Igor, Kito, Kensuke, Konno, Ko, Lin, Da-Li, Littlewood, Nick, Liu, Yang, Liu, Yifan, Loretto, Matthias-Claudio, Marconi, Valentina, Martin, Philip A. ... Sutherland, William J. (2021). Tapping into non-English-language science for the conservation of global biodiversity. PLoS Biology, 19 (10) e3001296, e3001296. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001296

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Rios Rojas, Clarissa, Boum II, Yap, Calvo, Margarita and Misra, Biswapriya B. (2021). Ten tips for overcoming language barriers in science. Nature Human Behaviour, 5 (9), 1119-1122. doi: 10.1038/s41562-021-01137-1

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Székely, Tamás, Wauchope, Hannah S., Sandel, Brody, Nagy, Szabolcs, Mundkur, Taej, Langendoen, Tom, Blanco, Daniel, Michel, Nicole L. and Sutherland, William J. (2020). Responses of global waterbird populations to climate change vary with latitude. Nature Climate Change, 10 (10), 959-964. doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0872-3

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Szekely, Tamas, Sandel, Brody, Nagy, Szabolcs, Mundkur, Taej, Langendoen, Tom, Blanco, Daniel, Soykan, Candan U. and Sutherland, William J. (2018). Successful conservation of global waterbird populations depends on effective governance. Nature, 553 (7687), 199-202. doi: 10.1038/nature25139

  • Amano, Tatsuya, González-Varo, Juan P. and Sutherland, William J. (2016). Languages Are Still a Major Barrier to Global Science. PLoS Biology, 14 (12) e2000933, e2000933. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000933

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

  • Wauchope, Hannah S., Jones, Julia P. G., Geldmann, Jonas, Simmons, Benno I., Amano, Tatsuya, Blanco, Daniel E., Fuller, Richard A., Johnston, Alison, Langendoen, Tom, Mundkur, Taej, Nagy, Szabolcs and Sutherland, William J. (2022). Protected areas have a mixed impact on waterbirds, but management helps. Nature, 605 (7908), 103-107. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04617-0

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Berdejo-Espinola, Violeta, Christie, Alec P., Willott, Kate, Akasaka, Munemitsu, Báldi, András, Berthinussen, Anna, Bertolino, Sandro, Bladon, Andrew J., Chen, Min, Choi, Chang-Yong, Bou Dagher Kharrat, Magda, de Oliveira, Luis G., Farhat, Perla, Golivets, Marina, Hidalgo Aranzamendi, Nataly, Jantke, Kerstin, Kajzer-Bonk, Joanna, Kemahlı Aytekin, M. Çisel, Khorozyan, Igor, Kito, Kensuke, Konno, Ko, Lin, Da-Li, Littlewood, Nick, Liu, Yang, Liu, Yifan, Loretto, Matthias-Claudio, Marconi, Valentina, Martin, Philip A. ... Sutherland, William J. (2021). Tapping into non-English-language science for the conservation of global biodiversity. PLoS Biology, 19 (10) e3001296, e3001296. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001296

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Rios Rojas, Clarissa, Boum II, Yap, Calvo, Margarita and Misra, Biswapriya B. (2021). Ten tips for overcoming language barriers in science. Nature Human Behaviour, 5 (9), 1119-1122. doi: 10.1038/s41562-021-01137-1

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Székely, Tamás, Wauchope, Hannah S., Sandel, Brody, Nagy, Szabolcs, Mundkur, Taej, Langendoen, Tom, Blanco, Daniel, Michel, Nicole L. and Sutherland, William J. (2020). Responses of global waterbird populations to climate change vary with latitude. Nature Climate Change, 10 (10), 959-964. doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0872-3

  • Amano, Tatsuya, Szekely, Tamas, Sandel, Brody, Nagy, Szabolcs, Mundkur, Taej, Langendoen, Tom, Blanco, Daniel, Soykan, Candan U. and Sutherland, William J. (2018). Successful conservation of global waterbird populations depends on effective governance. Nature, 553 (7687), 199-202. doi: 10.1038/nature25139

  • Amano, Tatsuya, González-Varo, Juan P. and Sutherland, William J. (2016). Languages Are Still a Major Barrier to Global Science. PLoS Biology, 14 (12) e2000933, e2000933. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000933

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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