Professor of Data Science

Data Modelling Group,
Department of Data Science, Kitasato University
1-15-1 Kitazato, Minami, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, 252-0373, Japan


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Short Bio [CV]

2023Professor of Data Science, Kitasato University, Japan
2016Lecturer in Statistics, Loughborough University, England, UK
2012Research Fellow, the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
2008Statistician/Mathematical Modeller, Australian Government Geoscience Australia, Australia

I am Professor of Data Science with the Department of Data Science, Kitasato University, Japan.

My general research interest is in the science of data, Data Science. Data and models—measurement and description of phenomena—they are the foundation of modern sciences. For the last several years my research activities lie on the intersection of statistics and subject matter sciences, with a particular focus on environmental/ecological sciences. My research concerns how statistical consideration contributes to advancing our knowledge and understanding of phenomena of interest.

I am an associate editor for:
the Japanese Journal of Biometrics and
the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics (JABES).



Data Science: Data Analysis; Data Modelling (model building).


  1. Shane A. Blowes, Brian McGill, Viviana Brambilla, Cher F. Y. Chow, Thore Engel, Ada Fontrodona-Eslava, Ines S. Martins, Daniel McGlinn, Faye Moyes, Alban Sagouis, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Roel van Klink, Wu-Bing Xu, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Anne Magurran, Maria Dornelas and Jonathan M. Chase (2024). Synthesis reveals approximately balanced biotic differentiation and homogenization. Science Advances, 10(8): eadj9395. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.adj9395 OA Open Access

  2. Sonia Pascoal, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Rahia Mashoodh and Rebecca Kilner (2023). Parental care results in a greater mutation load, for which it is also a phenotypic antidote. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 290:20230115. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2023.0115 OA Open Access

  3. Wu-Bing Xu, Shane A. Blowes, Viviana Brambilla, Cher F. Y. Chow, Ada Fontrodona-Eslava, Inês S. Martins, Daniel McGlinn, Faye Moyes, Alban Sagouis, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Roel van Klink, Anne E. Magurran, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Brian J. McGill, Maria Dornelas and Jonathan M. Chase (2023). Regional occupancy increases for widespread species but decreases for narrowly distributed species in metacommunity time series. Nature Communications, 14(1):1463. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-37127-2 OA Open Access

  4. Shane A. Blowes, Gergana N. Daskalova, Maria Dornelas, Thore Engel, Nicholas J. Gotelli, AnneE. Magurran, Ines S. Martins, Brian McGill, Daniel J. McGlinn, Alban Sagouis, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Sarah R. Supp and Jonathan M. Chase (2022). Local biodiversity change reflects interactions among changing abundance, evenness, and richness. Ecology, 103(12): e3820. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3820 OA Open Access

  5. Hideyasu Shimadzu and Hui-Yu Wang (2022). Estimating allometric energy allocation between somatic and gonadic growth. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 13(2): 407-418. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.13761 OA Open Access

  6. Nicholas J. Gotelli, Faye Moyes, Laura H. Antao, Shane A. Blowes, Maria Dornelas, Brian McGill, Amelia Penny, Aafke Schipper, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Sarah R. Supp, Conor A. Waldock and Anne E. Magurran (2022). Long-term changes in biodiversity are driven by a small subset of species. Global Change Biology 28(1): 46-53. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15947 OA Open Access

  7. Takuro Ogawa, Hideyasu Shimadzu and Ryosuke Saga (2020). Causality model for text data with a hierarchical topic structure. 2020 International Conference on Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI), Taipei, Taiwan, 205-210. doi: 10.1109/TAAI51410.2020.00045

  8. Jeffery Dick, Pawel Ladosz, Eseoghene Ben-Iwhiwhu, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Peter Kinnell, Praveen K. Pilly and Andrea Soltoggio (2020). Detecting changes and avoiding catastrophic forgetting in dynamic partially observable environments. Frontiers in Neurorobotics 14: 578675. doi:10.3389/fnbot.2020.578675 OA Open Access

  9. Kunihiko Takahashi and Hideyasu Shimadzu (2020). Detecting multiple spatial disease clusters: information criterion and scan statistic approach. International Journal of Health Geographics 19: 33. doi:10.1186/s12942-020-00228-y OA Open Access

  10. Maria Dornelas, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Faye Moyes, Anne E. Magurran and Brian McGill (2019). A balance of winners and losers in the Anthropocene. Ecology Letters 22(5): 847-854. doi:10.1111/ele.13242

  11. Kunihiko Takahashi and Hideyasu Shimadzu (2018). Multiple-cluster detection test for purely temporal disease clustering: Integration of scan statistics and generalized linear models. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0207821. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0207821 OA Open Access

  12. Hideyasu Shimadzu (2018). On species richness and rarefaction: size- and coverage-based techniques quantify different characteristics of richness change in biodiversity. Journal of Mathematical Biology 77: 1363-1381. doi:10.1007/s00285-018-1255-5 OA Open Access

  13. Anne E. Magurran, Amy E. Deacon, Faye Moyes, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Dawn A.T. Phillip and Indar W. Ramnarine (2018). Divergent biodiversity change within ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115(8): 1843-1847. doi:10.1073/pnas.1712594115 OA Open Access

  14. Nicholas J. Gotelli, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Brian McGill, Faye Moyes and Anne E. Magurran (2017). Community-level regulation of temporal trends in biodiversity. Science Advances 3(7): e1700315. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1700315 OA Open Access

  15. Mark Vellend, Maria Dornelas, Lander Baeten, Robin Beausejour, Carissa D. Brown, Pieter De Frenne, Sarah C. Elmendorf, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Faye Moyes, Isla H. Myers-Smith, Anne E. Magurran, Brian J. McGill, Hideyasu Shimadzu and Caya Sievers (2017). Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny. Ecology 98(2): 583-590. doi:10.1002/ecy.1660 [preprint at bioRxiv: pdf]

  16. Hideyasu Shimadzu, Scott D. Foster and Ross Darnell (2016). Imperfect observations in ecological studies. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 23(3): 337-358. doi:10.1007/s10651-016-0342-2 OA Open Access

  17. Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas and Anne E. Magurran (2015). Measuring temporal turnover in ecological communities. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6(12): 1384-1394. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12438 OA Open Access [postprint: arXiv:1507.08484]

  18. Amy E. Deacon, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Indar W. Ramnarine and Anne E. Magurran (2015). From species to communities: the signature of recreational use on a tropical river ecosystem. Ecology and Evolution 5(23): 5561-5572. doi:10.1002/ece3.1800 OA Open Access

  19. Kunihiko Takahashi and Hideyasu Shimadzu (2015). The daily incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest unexpectedly increases around New Year's Day in Japan. Resuscitation 96: 156-162. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.08.003 [postprint: pdf]

  20. Isabel Marques da Silva, Nick Hill, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Amadeu M. V. M. Soares and Maria Dornelas (2015). Spillover effects of a community-managed marine reserve. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0111774. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111774 OA Open Access

  21. Hideyasu Shimadzu and Ross Darnell (2015). Attenuation of species abundance distributions by sampling. Royal Society Open Science 2: 140219. doi:10.1098/rsos.140219 OA Open Access

  22. Maria Dornelas, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Brian McGill, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Faye Moyes, Caya Sievers and Anne E. Magurran (2014). Assemblage time series reveal biodiversity change but not systematic loss. Science 344(6181): 296-299. doi:10.1126/science.1248484 [postprint: pdf]

  23. Machiko Yano, Hideyasu Shimadzu and Toshiki Endo (2014). Modelling temperature effects on milk production: a study on Holstein cows at a Japanese farm. SpringerPlus 3:129. doi:10.1186/2193-1801-3-129 OA Open Access

  24. Al J. Reeve, Alfredo F. Ojanguren, Amy E. Deacon, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Indar W. Ramnarine and Anne E. Magurran (2014). Interplay of temperature and light influences wild guppy (Poecilia reticulata) daily reproductive activity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 511-520. doi:10.1111/bij.12217 OA Open Access

  25. Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Peter A. Henderson and Anne E. Magurran (2013). Diversity is maintained by seasonal variation in species abundance. BMC Biology 11:98. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-98 OA Open Access

  26. Scott D. Foster, Hideyasu Shimadzu and Ross Darnell (2012). Uncertainty in spatially predicted covariates: is it ignorable? Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C 61(4): 637-652. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9876.2011.01030.x [preprint: pdf]

  27. Tatsuhiko Anzai, Hideyasu Shimadzu and Toshiki Endo (2008). Modelling duration of necessary and non-necessary activities in daily life: fitting mixture models to Japanese time use survey data. Proceedings of the 23rd International Workshop on Statistical Modelling (Ed. P. Eilers), Utrecht, the Netherlands, 93-98.

  28. Hideyasu Shimadzu, Ritei Shibata and Yuji Ohgi (2008). Modelling swimmers' speeds over the course of a race. Journal of Biomechanics 41(3): 549-555. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2007.10.007 [preprint: pdf]

  29. Hideyasu Shimadzu and Ritei Shibata (2005). Analysis of bird count series by local regression to explore environmental changes. Journal of the Japan Statistical Society J 34(2): 187-207. (In Japanese) [preprint: pdf] OA Open Access

  30. Yasuo Uchida, Hideyasu Shimadzu and Taka-aki Sekimoto (2003). The relationship between the avifauna and environmental changes at Jiyu-Gakuen in Tokyo: a statistical analysis of the bird-census data for 35 years. Strix 21: 53-70. (In Japanese) [pdf] OA Open Access

Technical reports

  1. Hideyasu Shimadzu (2015) Assemblage time series reveal biodiversity change but not systematic loss. Japanese Scientists in Science 2014, 2015 Issue: 35. [pdf]

  2. Nic J. Bax [Ed.] (2011) Marine Biodiversity Hub, Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities, Final report 2007-2010. Report to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Canberra, Australia. [pdf]