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中村英人 | Hideto Nakamura, Ph. D.

I am an organic geochemist interested in decoding molecular signals in sediments to understand the source and geological fate of lipid biomarkers (molecular fossils) and use them to study interactions involving organisms and its environment through the earth's history. Research topics include the development of molecular proxies for paleoclimatology and biogeochemistry, multi-biomarker approaches on the reconstruction of marine and terrestrial environments from Mesozoic to the present.

Researches (*contents are in preparation)

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Plant-derived terpenoids 陸上植物由来のテルペノイド*🌳Plant-derived terpenoids 陸上植物由来のテルペノイド*2019/1/21 1:152021/4/9 15:09アルケノン古水温計の湖沼・沿岸域への応用 Alkenone paleothermometry in lakes and marginal seaアルケノン古水温計の湖沼・沿岸域への応用 Alkenone paleothermometry in lakes and marginal sea2018/12/6 10:182022/4/14 13:38Biomarker toolkit for paleoenvironmental reconstruction*🔎Biomarker toolkit for paleoenvironmental reconstruction*2019/1/20 14:112021/4/13 7:39


Contact details


Telephone +81 (0)11 706 2730
Address Hokkaido University Faculty of Science Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Kita-10-jyo Nishi-8-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 060-0810, Japan

Qualifications and professional experience

Research fundings

Publications (Refereed Journals)

Google Scholar Citations, ORCID ID, ResearchGate (Please contact me for full-text!)
  1. Yamamoto, M., Wang, F., Irino, T., Yamada, K., Haraguchi, T., Nakamura, H., Gotanda, K., Yonenobu, H., Leipe, C., Chen, X-Y., Tarasov, P.E. (2022) Environmental evolution and fire history of Rebun Island (Northern Japan) during the past 17,000 years based on biomarkers and pyrogenic compound records from Lake Kushu. Quaternary International, 623, 8-18.
  1. Yamamoto, M., Wang, F., Irino, T., Yamada, K., Haraguchi, T., Nakamura, H., Gotanda, K., Yonenobu, H., Leipe, C., Chen, X-Y., Tarasov, P.E. (2022) Environmental evolution and fire history of Rebun Island (Northern Japan) during the past 17,000 years based on biomarkers and pyrogenic compound records from Lake Kushu. Quaternary International, 623, 8-18.
  1. Ikeda, A. M., Nakamura, H., Sawada, K. (2021) Long-chain alkenes and alkadienes of eight lichen species collected in Japan. Phytochemistry, 189, 112823.
  1. Sawada, K., Ono, M., Nakamura, H., Tareq S.M. (2020) Reconstruction of Holocene Optimum paleoclimatic variations using long-chain n-alkanes and alkenones in sediments from Dabusu Lake, northeastern China. Quaternary International, 550, 27-38.
  1. Kajita, H. and Nakamura, H. (2020) Diversity of long-chain alkenone producers -Developments of temperature proxy in inland waters-. Chikyukagaku (Geochemistry), 54, 79-96.
  1. Kajita, H., Nakamura, H., Ohkouchi, N., Harada, N., Sato, M., Tokioka, S., Kawahata, H. (2020) Genomic and geochemical identification of the long-chain alkenone producers in the estuarine Lake Takahoko, Japan: Implications for temperature reconstructions. Organic Geochemistry, 142, press.
  1. Nakamura, H. (2019) Plant-derived triterpenoid biomarkers and their applications in paleoenvironmental reconstructions: chemotaxonomy, geological alteration, and vegetation reconstruction. Researches in Organic Geochemistry, 35, 11-35.
  1. Takashima, R., Nishi, H., Yamanaka, T., Orihashi, Y., Tsujino, Y., Quidelleur, X., Hayashi, K., Sawada, K., Nakamura, H., and Ando , T. (2019) Establishment of Upper Cretaceous bio- and carbon isotope stratigraphy in the northwest Pacific Ocean and radiometric ages around the Albian/Cenomanian, Coniacian/Santonian and Santonian/Campanian boundaries. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 52, 341-376.
  1. Weiss, G., Chivall, D., Kasper, S., Nakamura, H., Costa, F., Soudant, P., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Schouten S., van der Meer, M.T.J. (2019) Impact of metabolic pathways and salinity on the hydrogen isotope ratios of haptophyte lipids. Biogeosciences Discussions (*withdrawn preprint).
  1. Ikeda, M., Nakamura, H., Sawada, K. (2018) Aliphatic hydrocarbons identified in lichen genus Cladonia and Xanthoria: Potential for their chemotaxonomic and environmental indicators. Researches in Organic Geochemistry, 34, 15-28.
  1. Sawada, K., Arai, T., Nakamura, H. and Tsukagoshi, M. (2018) Higher plant triterpenoids bound in resistant macromolecules in the extant and Pliocene fossil Liquidambar fruits. Researches in Organic Geochemistry, 34, 37-45.
  1. *Araie, H., *Nakamura, H., Toney, J.L., Haig, H.A., Plancq, J., Shiratori, T., Leavitt, P.R., Seki, O., Ishida, K., Sawada, K., Suzuki, I., and Shiraiwa, Y. (2018) Novel alkenone-producing strains of genus Isochrysis (Haptophyta) isolated from Canadian saline lakes show temperature sensitivity of alkenones and alkenoates. Organic Geochemistry, 121, 89-103. *: Equal contribution
  1. Ando, T., Sawada, K., Nakamura, H., Omatsu, K., Takashima, R. and Nishi, H. (2017) Depositional environments and maturity evaluated by biomarker analyses of sediments deposited across the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary in the Yezo Group, Tomamae area, Hokkaido, Japan. Island Arc, 26, e12178.
  1. Furota, S., Nakamura, H. and Sawada, K. (2016) Long-chain alkenones and the related distinctive compounds in the late Miocene and Pliocene sediments from the Gulf of Cadiz, eastern North Atlantic. Organic Geochemistry, 101, 166-175.
  1. Nakamura, H., Sawada, K., Araie, H., Shiratori, T., Ishida, K., Suzuki, I. and Shiraiwa, Y., Composition of long chain alkenones and alkenoates as a function of growth temperature in marine haptophyte Tisochrysis lutea. Organic Geochemistry (2016), Vol. 99, 78-89.
  1. Nakamura, H., Sawada, K., Araie, H, Suzuki, I. and Shiraiwa, Y. (2015) n-Nonacosadienes from the marine haptophytes Emiliania huxleyi and Gephyrocapsa oceanica. Phytochemistry, 111, 107-113.
  1. Yamamoto, S., Sawada, K., Nakamura, H., Kobayashi, M. and Kawamura, K. (2014) Stable carbon isotopic variation of long chain n-alkanoic acids in the equatorial Pacific sediments over the last 40 Ma: Implications for expansion of C4 grassland in South America. Organic Geochemistry, 76, 62-71.
  1. Nakamura, H., Sawada, K., Araie, H, Suzuki, I. and Shiraiwa, Y. (2014) Long chain alkenes, alkenones and alkenoates produced in the haptophyte alga Chrysotila lamellosa CCMP1307 isolated from a salt marsh. Organic Geochemistry, 66, 90-97.
  1. Sawada, K., Nakamura, H., Arai, T. and Tsukagoshi, M. (2013) Evaluation of paleoenvironment using terpenoid biomarkers in lignites and plant fossil from the Miocene Tokiguchi Porcelain Clay Formation at the Onada mine, Tajimi, central Japan. International Journal of Coal Geology, 107, 78–89.
  1. Pälike, H., Lyle, M., Nishi, H., Raffi, I., Ridgwell, A., Gamage, K., Klaus, A. Acton, G., Anderson, L., Backman, J., Baldauf, J., Beltran, C., Bohaty, S.M., Bown, P., Busch, W., Channell, J.E.T., Chun, C.O.J., Delaney, M., Dewangan, P., Jones, T. D., Edgar, K. M., Evans, H., Fitch, P., Foster, G.L., Gussone, N., Hasegawa, H., Hathorne, E.C., Hayashi, H., Herrle, J., Holbourn, A., Hovan, S., Hyeong, K., Iijima, K., Ito, T., Kamikuri, S., Kimoto, K., Kuroda, J., Leon-Rodriguez, L., Malinverno, Al., Moore Jr, T.C., Murphy, B.H., Murphy, D.P., Nakamura, H., Ogane, K., Ohneiser, C., Richter, C., Robinson, R., Rohling, E.J., Romero, O., Sawada, K., Scher, H., Schneider, L., Sluijs, A., Takata, H., Tian, J., Tsujimoto, A., Wade, B.S., Westerhold, T., Wilkens, R., Williams, T., Wilson, P.A., Yamamoto, Y., Yamamoto, S., Yamazaki, T. and Zeebe, R.E., (2012) A Cenozoic record of the equatorial Pacific carbonate compensation depth. Nature, 488, 609-614.
  1. Lyle, M., Pälike, H., Nishi, H., Raffi, I., Gamage, K., Klaus, A. and the IODP Expeditions 320/321 Scientific Party (2010), The Pacific Equatorial Age Transect, IODP Expeditions 320 and 321: Building a 50-Million-Year-Long Environmental Record of the Equatorial Pacific, Scientific Drilling, 9, 4-15.
  1. Nakamura, H. and Sawada, K. (2010) Reconstruction of paleovegetation based on terrestrial higher plant terpenoid analysis in ancient sediment, Chikyukagaku (Geochemistry), 44, 205-219.
  1. Nakamura, H., Sawada, K. and Takahashi, M. (2010) Aliphatic and aromatic terpenoid biomarkers in Cretaceous and Paleogene angiosperm fossils from Japan, Organic Geochemistry, 41, 975-980.
  1. Nakamura, H. and Sawada, K. (2007) Distributions of fatty acids and alcohols bound in resistant macromolecules of the Cretaceous woody-fragment fossils: search for molecular paleontological indicators, Researches in Organic Geochemistry, 22, 31-42.

Other Publications and Presentations

  • 仲村 康秀, 安藤 卓人, 高木 悠花, 加藤 悠爾, 廣瀬 孝太郎, 板木 拓也, 久保田 好美, 中村 英人, 松岡 數充 (2022) 島根大学エスチュアリー研究センター・日本プランクトン学会共催秋季シンポジウム「プランクトンと古環境・古生態系復元」開催報告, 日本プランクトン学会報, 69, p. 42-44.
Presentations 学会発表2019/12/24 8:172023/9/15 10:24

Teaching activities

Service to Profession

  • Director, The Japanese Association of Organic Geochemists (2021-)
  • Service as a reviewer (summarized in Publons):
    • Geochemical Journal
    • Researches in Organic Geochemistry
    • Scientific Reports
    • Environmental Science and Pollution Research
    • Limnology and Oceanography

Awards and invited talks


🎯 Office Access

理学部6号館9階 6-9-04 室(中村研究室) My office is 6-9-04 on the 9th floor of the Faculty of Science Building 6.