Akira Terui

Akira Terui

Assistant Professor

(336) 334-9783, (336) 334-1628
326 Sullivan Building


Spatial ecology in freshwater ecosystems


Ph.D., University of Tokyo


The primary focus of my research group is to understand spatial processes that shape biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems. My research has addressed (1) the role of spatial complexity in driving population/community dynamics in branching river networks; (2) the ecological consequences of cross-habitat animal movement for coupled aquatic-terrestrial food webs; (3) the causes and consequences of animal dispersal. My group combines theoretical (i.e., mathematical/simulation modeling), statistical, and field-based approaches to address fundamental and applied questions in spatial ecology. We are also interested in macroecological approaches to reveal general biodiversity patterns across regions(e.g., US and Japan). Students who are interested in spatial or quantitative ecology in freshwater ecosystems are encouraged to contact Dr. Terui by email (a_terui@uncg.edu). Opportunities exist to learn field research techniques in freshwater ecosystems and statistical modeling with R.

Recent Publications

Juvigny-Khenafou NPD, Burgazzi G, Steiner N, Harvey E, Terui A, Piggott J, Manfrin A, Feckler A, Leese F, Schafer RB. (2024) Effects of flow reduction and artificial light at night (ALAN) on litter decomposition and invertebrate communities in streams: A flume experiment. Science of The Total Environment 912: 168836.

Kadoya T, Nilsson KA, Kelly J, Bartley TJ, Saterberg T, Guzzo MM, Esch E, Koide D, Matsuzaki SS, Terui A, Akasaka M, MacDougall AS. (2024) Common processes drive metacommunity structure in freshwater fish. Global Ecology and Biogeography 2024;OO:e13822.

Shibasaki S, Terui A. (2024) Food web complexity environmental impacts on food chain length. Oikos 2024: e10331.

Wahl CF, Galic N, Brain R, Vaugeois M, Weber M, Roe KJ, Stewart T, Utrup N, Mauldin L, Kenney A, Terui A. (2024) An approximation approach to spatial connectivity for a data-limited endangered species with implications for habitat restoration. Biological Conservation 291: 110470.

Terui A, Ishiyama N, Urabe H, Ono S, Finlay JC, Nakamura F. (2018) Metapopulation stability in branching river networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: E5963-E5969.

Ishiyama N, Ryo M, Kataoka T, Nagayama S, Sueyoshi M, Terui A, Mori T, Akasaka T, Nakamura F.(2018) Predicting the ecological impacts of large dam removals on a river network based on habitat network structure and flow regimes. Conservation Biology 32: 1403-1413.

Terui A, Negishi JN, Watanabe N, Nakamura F. (2018) Stream resource gradients drive consumption rates of supplemental prey in the adjacent riparian zone. Ecosystems 21: 772-781.

Terui A, Ooue K, Urabe H, Nakamura F. (2017) Parasite infection induces size-dependent host dispersal: consequences for parasite persistence. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological
Sciences 284: 20171491.

Terui A, Miyazaki Y, Yoshioka A, Kaifu K, Matsuzaki SS, Washitani I. (2014) Asymmetric dispersal structures a riverine metapopulation of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera laevis. Ecology and Evolution 4: 3004-3014.

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