Nagoya University / Graduate School of Environmental Studies / Dep. Earth Planet. Sciences



Self-portrait (22 March, 2016)

Professor in the Research Group of
Petrology and Mineralogy
Email: michibayashi(@)

  • Postal address
    Katsuyoshi MICHIBAYASHI
    Departmen of Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Graduate School of Environmental Studies
    Nagoya University, Nagoya, 464-8601, JAPAN


  • Academic History
    • 1988 B.Sc in Structural Geology
      (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    • 1990: M.Sc in Structural Geology and Rock mechanics (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    • 1994: Ph.D in Structural Geology
      (James Cook University, Australia)
    • 1994 Apr. to 1994 Sept.
      JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
      (Geological Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan)
    • 1994 Oct. to 2002 Mar.
      Assistant Professor
      (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    • 1997 Aug. to 1999 Aug.
      JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad
      (Laboratoire de Tectonophysique, Université Montpellier II, France)
    • 2002 Apr. to 2013 Mar.
      Associate Professor

      (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    • 2013 Apr. to2018 Mar.
      (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    • 2016 Apr. to 2018 Mar.
      Research Fellow of Shizuoka University
      (Shizuoka University, Japan)
    • 2018 Apr. to present
      (Nagoya University, Japan)
Research interests
  • Structural Sensitivity of Rocks and Minerals
  • Crystal-Fabrics of Rocks and Minerals
  • Microtectonics
  • Rheology of Crust and Mantle

Katsuyoshi Michibayashi has been working on (micro-) structural development of crust and mantle since 1994. He took his Ph.D in James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia in 1994 on mylonites in the crust with the addition of gold mineralization. He then moved to the University of Tokyo as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow. In October 1994, he moved back to Shizuoka as an assistant professor. In 1997-1999, He has been in Laboratoire de Tectonophysique (Géosciences Montpellier), Université Montpellier II, France as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow for research abroad, where he has started new researches on peridotites and Oman ophiolite. In 2002, he became an associate professor. In 2003, he re-established HT/HP solid-confining deformation apparatus in his institute and began deformation experiments since then. In 2004, He installed SEM-EBSD in his laboratory. In 2005, he joined IODP Expedition 305 to study in-situ oceanic lithosphere. Since then, he is being involved in ocean-floor geology. In 2007, he upgraded EDS in his SEM-EBSD for chemical analyses of rocks. In 2008, he has been on the deep sea floor at 6500 m below sea level at the continental slope of Mariana Trench close to the Challenger Deep by the submersible Shinkai6500. He is very much interested in exploring the deepest oceans such as Mariana Trench and Tonga Trench, where fresh mantle section might be outcropped. Then, he started studying serpentine and serpentinites with his colleagues. In 2011, a new SEM-EBSD-EDS for both high and variable pressure vacuum conditions has been set up in his lab. He was promoted to a full professor in April 2013. Most recently, he was awarded the Research Fellow of Shizuoka University for three years (2016-2018). In 2017, Channel5 has been upgraded to AztecHKL3.3! On April 1st, 2018, he has moved to Nagoya University and has begun a new academic life in Petrology and Mineralogy laboratory with new colleagues and students. AztecHKL has been upgraded to v.4.0 in December 2018.

  • Geological Society of Japan 1987-present
    • A Member of the Delegation 2010-present
    • Associate Editor of Island Arc 2008-2020
  • Seismological Society of Japan 2010-present
  • Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences 2009-present
  • Tokyo Geographical Society 2002-present
  • Japan Geoscience Union
    • A Vice President 2020-present
    • A Member of the Board of Directors 2014-present
    • A Member of the Delegation 2014-present
    • Section Science Board Member - Solid Earth Sciences 2012-present
  • American Geophysical Union 2004-present
  • Japan Drilling Earth Science Consortium (J-DESC)
    • A Member of the Board of Directors 2018-present
    • A Member of the Committee in IODP section 2011-2018
  • Scientific Ocean Drilling Program
    • Science Steering and Evalution Panel (SSEP) 2009-2010
    • Proposal Evaluation Panel (PEP) 2011-2013
    • A Member of Science Framework Working Group
    • A Member of the Writing Team for 2050 Science Framework

A list of publications

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