Shingo Hamada is Associate Professor of Food Studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Osaka Shoin Women’s University. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at Indiana University in 2014. His research revolves around the environmental history and cultural politics of seafood in coastal Japan, with a special focus on Pacific herring and its products including kazunoko. His current project, "Research on the Recognition of Environmental Change and Its Influence on the Process of Merrior Construction in Coastal Societies" is being funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Kakenhi C 17K03303). He is an author for "the Future of Food Studies" in Food, Culture & Society, "Gone with the Herring: Ainu Geographic Names and a Multiethnic History of Coastal Hokkaido" in Canadian Journal of Native Studies, and several Japanese articles on shrimp fishing and conservation.