Faculty Members


(Conjunct Associate Professor/Division of Environmental Studies)

Department of Natural Environmental Studies/Coastal geomorphology, Sedimentology, Quaternary dating

Career Summary

1999: B.S., Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
2001: M.S., Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Kyoto University
2004: Ph.D., Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Kyoto University
2004: Researcher, Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
2013: Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
2015: Conjunct Associate Professor of Department of Natural Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo

Educational Activities

Graduate School:

Research Activities

My primary interest is the evolution of coastal geomorphology, including beaches, dunes, and terraces, over the last several hundred thousand years. Detailed paleoenvironmental reconstruction enables us to empirically understand how the coastal environments will respond to potential global fluctuations in climate and sea level. My current research topics include high-resolution paleoenvironmental reconstruction to be directly compared with what we observe at present over the last decades and the development of methodology to consistently reconstruct coastal environments over the time scale of a hundred thousand years. For these, I have applied a unique combination of geophysical surveying and a dating method to various coastal fields around the world. Students who are interested in coastal geomorphology are welcome to join my laboratory.


1) Tamura, T., 2014. Aeolian transport of coarse sand over beach ridge in NE Australia: A reply to a Discussion of 'Beach ridges and prograded beach deposits as palaeoenvironment records'. Earth-Science Reviews, v. 132, pp. 85-87.
2) Tamura, T., Saito, Y., Bateman, M. D., Nguyen, V., Ta, T. K. O., and Matsumoto, D., 2012. Luminescence dating of beach ridges for characterizing multi-decadal to centennial deltaic shoreline changes during Late Holocene, Mekong River delta. Marine Geology, vol. 326, pp. 140-153.
3) Tamura, T., 2012. Beach ridges and prograded beach deposits as palaeoenvironment records. Earth-Science Reviews, vol. 114, pp. 279-297.
4) Tamura, T., Saito, Y., Nguyen, V. L., Ta, T. O., Bateman, M. D., Matsumoto, D., and Yamashita, S., 2012. Origin and evolution of interdistributary delta plains; insights from Mekong River delta. Geology, vol. 40, pp. 303-306.
5) Tamura, T., Kodama, Y., Bateman, M. D., Saitoh, Y., Watanabe, K., Matsumoto, D., and Yamaguchi, N., 2011. Coastal barrier dune construction during sea-level highstands in MIS 3 and 5a on Tottori coast-line, Japan. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 308, pp. 492-501.
6) Tamura, T., Bateman, M. D., Kodama, Y., Saitoh, Y., Watanabe, K., Matsumoto, D., and Yamaguchi, N., 2011. Building of shore-oblique transverse dune ridges revealed by ground-penetrating radar and optical dating over the last 500 years on Tottori coast, Japan Sea. Geomorphology, vol. 132, pp. 153-166.
7) Tamura, T., Horaguchi, K., Saito, Y., Nguyen, V. L., Tateishi, M., Ta, T. K. O., Nanayama, F., and Watanabe, K., 2010. Monsoon-influenced variations in morphology and sediment of a mesotidal beach on the Mekong River delta coast. Geomorphology, vol. 116, pp. 11-23.
8) Tamura, T., Murakami, F., and Watanabe, K., 2010. Holocene beach deposits for assessing coastal uplift of the northeastern Boso Peninsula, Pacific coast of Japan. Quaternary Research, vol. 74, pp. 227-234.
9) Tamura, T., Saito, Y., Sieng, S., Ben, B., Kong, M., Sim, I., Choup, S., and Akiba, F., 2009. Initiation of the Mekong River delta at 8 ka: evidence from the sedimentary succession in the Cambodian lowland. Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 28, pp. 327-344.
10) Tamura T., Murakami F., Nanayama F., Watanabe K., and Saito Y., 2008. Ground-penetrating radar profiles of Holocene raised-beach deposits in the Kujukuri strand plain, Pacific coast of eastern Japan. Marine Geology, vol. 248, pp. 11-27.

Other Activities

1) Current member of Editorial Board: Island Arc (Blackwell), Quaternary Research of Japan
2) Secretariat of Sedimentological Society of Japan

Future Plan

My laboratory has a unique suite of research equipment for geomorphology and Quaternary research including luminescence dating and ground-penetrating radar. I would like to carry out new research in collaboration with students and academics at the University of Tokyo.

Messages to Students

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