Dr. Toru Nakajima

Dr. Toru Nakajima
Visting Fellow
Tokyo University of Agriculture
Office: 
Kottman Hall 422D
Degree Information: 
Ph.D Soil Science
Biography: 

Specialization: Soil Physics

I am Dr. Toru Nakajima, an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUA) in the Department of Agricultural Engineering since 2017. I currently join as a Visiting Scholar at the CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration for a one-year term. My research focuses on "Carbon sequestration and soil health through regenerative agriculture." My work also involves exploring the relationship between carbon sequestration and the promotion of soil health within the context of Regenerative Agriculture through the collaborative efforts at the Center.

During the years 2011 to 2014, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at this center. Collaborating with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), I spearheaded a comprehensive research project titled "Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-Based Cropping Systems," working in conjunction with 11 universities and institutes across the Midwest. The objectives of this research were to 1) increase resiliency of corn production systems to climate variations and extremes, 2) mitigation and adaptation of corn-based cropping systems to climate variations.” To accomplish these objectives, the team and I conducted extensive research at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, focusing on both drainage and no-tillage sites. we gathered greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data using the Photoacoustic Spectrometer (PAS) and Gas Chromatography on a biweekly basis over three years. Furthermore, I also conducted research regarding the assessment of the soil quality index (SQI) across 10 sites in Ohio and Michigan. These assessments were conducted under varying management conditions, including no tillage (NT), conventional tillage (CT), cover crops, and manure application.

In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, and surfing in the beautiful oceans in Japan.