Introduction to the Department of Earth Science,
Faculty of Science, Tohoku University


Tohoku University

  • The 3rd oldest “Imperial” University in Japan
    • Founded in 1907, Origin: a medical college in 1736
    • Located in the million city, Sendai, in the Northeast Japan, two hours train from Tokyo
    • ”Tohoku” means East-North
      Sendai Japan
  • 10 Faculties, 16 Graduate schools, 6 Research institutes
    • 1,600 professors
    • 11,060 bachelors
    • 4,110 masters
    • 2,650 PhD’s
  • Three core values
    • “Research First”
    • “Open-Door”
    • “Practice-Oriented Research and Education”


Dept. Earth Science, Tohoku University

  • Three cores for education and research
    • Planets and solid Earth
    • Geo-environment and life
    • Earth and humans
  • Structure
    • 32 professors and 23 staff scientists in 13 Research groups
    • Students: 330 Bachelor, 76 Master, 34 PhD students (32 % female)

7 Research Groups (related to volatile cycle issues)

Research Groups Volatile Research Topics
Earth & Planetary Material Physics Properties of water-bearing mineral in the deep mantle
Early Solar System Evolution Origin of volatile elements in primordial materials
Tectonics and Geodynamics Fault activity analysis based on Ra density in the air
Volcanology and Geo-fluid Roles of volatiles and fluid in volcanic processes
Natural Resources and Environmental Geochemistry Isotopic analysis of volatile elements in early history of the Earth
Biogeoscience, Paleo-Bioevents and Paleontology Origin of life, Massive life extinction based on C and O isotope analysis
Paleo-Environmental Change Geological analysis of paleo-atmosphere and ocean change