Institute of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Hyogo
ACADEMIC FIELD & RESEARCH
Zoo and wild life medicine.
I am currently engaged in research and technological development necessary for the conservation and management of wild animals, including the Japanese macaques, from a veterinary perspective. My recent work involves fitting wild animals with wearable cameras and GPS trackers with activity sensors and gathering data to provide new insight into animal behavior such as home ranges and feeding habits. Based on my experience with the capture of over 2,000 live primates in and outside Japan, I am also working on technological developments to improve anesthetic-induced immobilization, which is indispensable to these research activities.
RESEARCH FIELD (FIELD SITE, LOCATION OF RESEARCH)
Subjects: Japanese macaque, Asian black bear, other larger mammals
Field site: Hyogo Prefecture (Kinosaki, MIkata, Ookawachi / Ikuno, Tamba-Sasayama, Sayo, and Awaji)
- Morimitsu Y. “Discarded apples, and monkeys” Natural History of Japanese Macaque: Their Ecological Diversity and Conservation. Oi T., Masui K. (Eds.) Tokai University Press, 2002.
- Morimitsu Y. “Wildlife management and veterinary science” Rebellion of Animals. Kawai M., Hayashi Y. (Eds.) PHP Institute, 2009. (Japanese)
- Morimitsu Y. “Population dynamics of wildlife in accordance with the core curriculum in the model of veterinary education” Core-curri Wildlife Zoology. Asano M., Ishizuka M., Takami K., Fukui D., Morimitsu Y., Ymaguchi T. (Eds.) Buneido Shuppan, 2015. (Japanese)
- Morimitsu Y. “Capture and marking techniques” Wildlife Management: Theory and Techniques (Expanded Edition). Hayama S., Miura S., Kaji K., Sizuki M. (Eds.) Buneido Shuppan, 2016. (Japanese)
- Morimitsu Y. Bio-logging : Animal-borne video systems and drones to study behaviors of mammals and primates. Primate Research, 34: 41-51, 2018. (Japanese)
- Morimitsu Y. Ethical issues and prospects of primate field research: Guidelines of the international primate society and the problems of Japanese primate studies. Mammalian Science, 58: 265-273, 2018. (Japanese)
- Morimitsu Y. Examination of the habitat monitoring of Japanese black bears using environmental DNA analysis. DNA Polymorphism, 26: 47-50, 2018.
- Morimitsu Y., Fujiki D., Saita E. Analysis of seasonal migratory behavior patterns among GPS-collared sika deer (Cevus nippon) on Mt. Hyonosen, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Wildlife Monograph of Hyogo, 11: 58-67, 2019. (Japanese)
The monkeys and I have fallen asleep. We must do better.