Osawa Akira, born 19 April, 1954 in Japan. Graduated from Nagoya University (Japan), Forestry Studies and Cornell University (Ithaca, USA), Environmental Engineering Studies. PhD in Silviculture and Forest Ecology at School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (New Haven, USA, 1986). Professor for the Department of Ecosystem Production and Dynamics at Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University and jointly at Division of Forest and Biomaterials Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. Expert in forest stand development, forest production and carbon dynamics. PI and CoPI for numerous international research projects on boreal forest dynamics, particularly in northwestern Canada, Central Siberia, Scandinavia, and Japan while serving also as a scientist at Hokkaido Research Centre, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (Sapporo, Japan) and Professor for Global Resources Dpt. at Ryukoku University (Ohtsu, Japan). Author and co-author of more than 90 papers and 16 books. The main titles are: "Testing the Method for Reconstructing Structural Development of Abies sachalinensis Stands" In "Trees", 2005; "Permafrost Ecosystems: Siberian Larch Forests", "Ecological Studies", Springer, 2010; "A New Approach to Estimate Fine Root Production, Mortality, and Decomposition Using Litter Bag Experiments and Soil Core Techniques" In "Plant and Soil", 2012.