Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Staff Profile

NameMERTZ, Mechtild
AffiliationResearch Institute for Humanity and Nature
PositionVisiting Research Fellow
Arrival day2009.6.1 2010.4.1
Leaving the office day2009.11.30
Year of Birth1963
Academic CareerHighschool graduation (Abitur), Gymnasium Möckmühl, Germany(1983)
Journeyman’s certificate in cabinetmaking, Ludwigshafen Rhein, Germany(1986)
Intermediate examination, Heidelberg University, Germany(1989)
Bachelor of Arts, Sorbonne University, France(1991)
Language certificate, Keio University, Japan(1993)
“Maîtrise, Sorbonne University, France(1994)
Master of Arts, Sorbonne University, France(1996)
Certificate in xylology (wood identification), Paris VII, France(1998)
PHD, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France(2003)
Professional CareerRestoration of antic furnitures, Leitz Antics, Heidelberg, Germany(1998)
JSPS Postdoctoral research fellow, Kyoto University, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere(2006)
Research fellow, Nanjing Forestry University, China(2008)
Higher DegreesPhD
Fields of SpecializationEthnobotany
History of east Asian art
Wood anatomy
Academic Society MembershipsJapanese Art History Forum (JAHF)
International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA)
Centre de recherché sur les Civilisations de l’Asie Orientale (CRCAO),France
Reseau Asie,France
AwardsJSPS postdoc scholarship (2003-2005)
Rotary Foundation scholarship (1992-1993)
ERASMUS scholarship (1989-1990)


Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

Mechtild Mertz, "Wood identification of shipwreck parts from the sunken fleet of Kublai Khan". Conference: Of Ships and Men: International Conference on New Comparative approaches in Asian Maritime History and Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Archaeology, 2009.11.11, Beijing.

Mechtild Mertz, "Wood Culture in Japan and China". oral presentation at RIHN, 2009.10.07, Kyoto.

Mechtild Mertz, Study of the Wood Species Used in Ancient Chinese Buildings: the example of a 14th century Tibeto-Chinese monastery. Kyoto University, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Symposium: “Wood Culture and Science VIII”, 2009.02.06.

【Poster Presentation】

Mechtild Mertz, "Wood Selection and Traditional woodworking in Japan,as perceived by the Craftsmen". , 2009.11.28-2009.11.29, Kyoto.