Masa is orginally from Tokyo, Japan. He moved to Alpine to attend Sul Ross State University were he received both his bacherlos and masters degree. Masa has always loved wildlife and conservation. Upon complettion of his masters he was accepted to TAMUK and CKWRI as a Ph D student studying the effects of selective-harvest practices on demographic and genotypic traits in male white-tailed deer.
Masa chose CKWRI for a combination of positive factors including, his advisor Dr. Randy DeYoung, his research colleagues Drs. C. DeYoung, Hewitt, and Strickland, and the molecular laboratory which drives his curiosity to answer the research question; can different intensities of the selective-harvest treatments alter the response of male phenotypic traits to the selection.