Akira Armando Wong Sato


Resident Lecturer




Master's in Human and Environmental Sciences
Kyoto University

PhD in Human and Environmental Sciences
Kyoto University

Forestry degree
National University Agraria la Molina


SFS 3831 Tropical Ecology

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Faculty Profile

I am an ecologist that focuses on plant-insect interactions. I am particularly fascinated by the mutualism of pollination, and the diverse mechanisms adapted by plants and their pollinators. I studied Forestry in Peru and had the great opportunity to visit diverse tropical ecosystems, from the coastal lomas to rainforests. I specialized in ecology during my master’s and PhD studies, where I studied various adaptations of plants and insects for pollination in template forests of Japan and learned a lot about other plant-insect interactions.
In the last years, I worked as a lecturer for the Forest Management Department of the National University Agraria la Molina, teaching courses such as Dendrology, both in the classroom and in the field. During this time, I also worked on various research projects related to ecology and forestry. If I had to choose one of my publications to describe my research, I would choose my first one, which studied the pollination biology of Corylopsis gotana (Hamamelidaceae). Although we found that the main pollinators were beeflies (Bombylius major, Bombyliidae), the most interesting finding was that one aquatic insect species, Strophopteryx nohirae (Taeniopterygidae), visited the flowers and could pollinate them! I love these kinds of unexpected findings that we can observe on a micro-scale. Currently, I am adding macro-scale components in my plant-animal interactions studies. This year, a research project which I am leading that plans to study the ecological networks of pollination and parasitism of various Peruvian Ecosystems was funded by the Peruvian Government.

Academics & Research

Professional Activities

  • CORBIDI, Division of Vegetal Ecology

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the plant-insect interactions in their various levels. I mainly focus on the pollination mutualism, for which I have discovered and studied very interesting mechanisms used by plants and insects. I am also very interested in ecological networks.



Fernandez-Hilario, R., Gonzáles, R. D. P. R., Villanueva-Espinoza, R., Lajo, L., Wong Sato, A. A., Paredes-Burneo, D., ... & Goldenberg, R. (2022). Willdenowia, 52(1), 39-74. doi: 10.3372/wi.52.52103
Wong Sato, A. A., & Kato, M. Plant Species Biology, 19 (2), 111-120. doi: 10.1111/1442-1984.12347
Wong Sato, A. A., Villanueva-Espinoza, R., Revilla, I., & Fernandez-Hilario, R. (2021). Botany, 99 (10): 665-670 doi: 10.1139/cjb-2020-0163
Cardozo, F. Q., Rodríguez, B. M. C., Rodríguez, C. A. R., Fernandez-Hilario, R., Wong Sato, A. A., Salas, J. M. C., & Ramos, S. C. P. (2020). Ecología Aplicada, 19(2), 111-120. doi: 10.21704/rea.v19i2.1562
Wong Sato, A. A., & Kato, M. (2019). PBotany, 97(10), 521-528. doi: 10.1139/cjb-2018-0208
Kawakita, A., Wong Sato, A. A., Salazar, J. R. L., & Kato, M. (2019). PloS one, 14(1), e0210727. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210727
Wong Sato, A. A., & Kato, M. (2018). Plant Biology, 20 (3), 537-545. doi: 10.1111/plb.12699
Ohgue T., Imada Y., Wong Sato, A. A., Llacsahuanga, J., & Kato, M. (2018). Bryophyte Diversity and Evolution, 40 (1), 1-5. doi: 10.11646/bde.40.1.1
Wong Sato, A. A., & Kato, M. (2017). Plant Species Biology, 32 (4), 440-447. doi: 10.1111/1442-1984.12178

Grants & Awards

Comprehensive scholarship for postgraduate studies (master's and doctorate) by the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Japanese Government) at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan
Financing of transportation and lodging by the Kyoto University Foundation for the 25th International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) in Florida, USA
Financing of transportation and lodging by ESA for the 65th International Encounter of Entomology (Entomology 2017) in Colorado, USA
Financing of transportation and lodging by FONDECYT (Chile) for the international seminar “Biogeography, disjunctions, interactions in Desert Margins” in Valparaiso, Chile.
Principal Investigator of project “Dynamics and biogeography of pollination and parasitism ecological networks in coastal and montane ecosystems of central and southern Peru”. S/ 500 000 funded by PROCIENCIA for 2022-2024, Perú.
Principal Investigator of project “Reproductive biology and pollination ecology of Nasa colanii (Loasaceae) in the Cordillera de Colán protected area – Amazonas” 1 500 USD by APECO and CEPF for 2019, Peru.