YODA Lab

Nagoya University

There are no animals on earth that can not be tracked - Ken YODA


Do. Or do not. There is no try - YODA


Situated in NAGOYA, very close to TOYOTA city named after the company, we are studying various organisms (birds and marine mammals) living under natural conditions. We are using animal-borne data loggers to record positions (GPS), video, speed, acceleration and temperature, enabling the reconstruction of the behavior of marine and terrestrial animals. In addition, we apply remote-sensing technology and physiological measurements (e.g. doubly labeled water, telomere measurements) with animal behavior and examine the interaction of animals with their environments. Furthermore, we are examining their behavior and traits using mathematical models such as optimal foraging theory. We believe these technologies enable us to use large animals as ‘model animals’ to test various hypotheses such as foraging and/or life-history theories.


I am looking for graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows to work with us. I encourage eligible people to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers of JSPS (really good post-doc position). If your application is accepted, you can work in Japan for two years. Please contact me if you are interested in our lab. Two JSPS post-docs from foreign countries (Peru and Switzerland) were accepted here. 


Principal Investigator: Ken Yoda, Ph.D.

Professor of Behavior and Evolution

NAGOYA UNIVERSITY (Google Street View)


yoda.ken[atmark]nagoya-u.jp


  1. B.S., Kyoto University

  2. Ph.D., Kyoto University

  3. Postdoctoral, University of California, Santa Cruz



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