Introduction of the class

In this class, students will learn the survey skills regarding environment from perspectives of natural science and social science. The objective of this class is to let students acquire the skills to 1) plan and conduct a field survey, 2) analyze results, and 3) summarize them as a report. The study area is subject to change every year, and hence there is high possibility that the necessary survey changes as well. Thus, we expect that the students will think and structure field survey by themselves, rather than we teach students specific field survey method one by one. On the classes, lecturer will explain the study area and approach of this class, and make several groups. After this, the class will be conducted mainly based on group discussion. After literature survey, the activities will be focused on field survey in situ. The necessary field survey skills will be described during lectures, and if needed conduct exercises in the field. The lecturer plans to prepare opportunities to make presentations based on the field exercises to target public administration or residents in the study area.

Orientation: June 11th 2014

The lecturer, Tomoko Doko, will offer its first orientation to Keio University students. This time, the orientation will be co-organized by EBA and EI (Environmental Innovator) program. We will introduce what EBA is about, what you can learn from EBA program, and FW schedules for the summer break. Interested undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the orientation.

June 11th 2014 (Wed), 16:30-19:00
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1. Outline of EBA program, Summer fieldworks (Minamata, Sanriku and Fujiyoshida ) and others (16:30-18:30).
2. Outline of EI program, what the course of Ecological and Environmental Fieldwork can offer EI students(18:30-19:00).

We are now calling for participants in the class of Ecological and Environmental Fieldwork scheduled in September, 2014 in Fujiyoshida city (Yamanashi, Japan).

About the Ecological and Environmental Fieldwork

The fieldwork site is Fujiyoshida city, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. This is where the majestic Mount Fuji, Japan’s latest World Heritage (2013), is located. The theme of the fieldwork is “Monitoring wildlife and plants”, with the focus on following activities: 1) quadrat sampling (such as method to record vegetation community types and method to measure tree height and DBH- Diameter at Breast Height among others), mapping vegetation cover and calculating biomass energy; and 2) monitoring mammals by camera traps.

This class is originally a part of the coursework for students in Environmental Innovators (EI) Program at Fujisawa Campus- Keio University, Japan and is now open to welcome the inclusion of foreign students from EBA partner universities. Throughout the fieldwork, the students will have an opportunity to approach the study of environment from perspectives of both natural sciences and social sciences and will learn various surveying skills including how to plan and conduct a field survey, how to analyze collected data, and how to prepare a field report. The highlight of the fieldwork is that students will be equipped with “skills”, instead of specific methods, in order for them to be independent and at the same time flexible while preparing and conducting their own field research. The students will also be trained with how to work in groups during fieldwork-preparation lectures and during the fieldwork. Towards the end of the fieldwork, the students are expected to deliver presentations based on findings from the fieldwork before local residents in Fujiyoshida.

Language Requirement: English




September 8th (Mon)

Fieldwork at SFC Campus, Keio University: vegetation survey and monitoring mammals

September 9th (Tue)

Move to Fujiyoshida for fieldwork
Field survey in Fujiyoshida City
Group discussion
Stay at Youth Center

September 10th (Wed)

Field survey in Fujiyoshida City
Group discussion
Stay at Youth Center

September 11th (Thu)

Group presentation
Farewell party
Leave Fujiyoshida
Arrive at Shonandai station


Costs and Supports: If you are EI students, cost of transportation and accommodation will be covered by EBA and EI. If you are graduate school students, transportation will be covered by EBA. If you are undergraduate students, transportation will be covered by EBA. Please note that food expenses should be paied by students themselves.