Fion Waisum Ma
Vertebrate palaeontology research

Evolution, Dinosaurs, Digital visualisation, Biomechanics

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Professional experience

Postdoctoral fellow. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (staring in 8/2022)

Research associate. Beipiao Pterosaur Museum of China (2020-)


PhD. Earth Sciences (Palaeobiology). University of Birmingham (2019-). Supervisors: Stephan Lautenschlager (primary), Richard Butler, Michael Pittman.

MScR. Palaeontology and Geobiology. The University of Edinburgh (2018). Supervisors: Stephen Brusatte (primary), Junchang Lü.
BSc. Geology and Ecology & Biodiversity. The University of Hong Kong (2017). Supervisors: Michael Pittman (primary), Xing Xu.


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Address: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

About me


I am a vertebrate palaeontologist from Hong Kong, and currently a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham. I will be joining the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC, USA) in summer 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher. I study dinosaurs, particularly the biology of oviraptorosaurs and dietary evolution of theropods. I also apply digital and biomechanical techniques to study the form and function of other animals, such as pterosaurs and extant birds and turtles.

Fion Waisum Ma 馬慧芯

PhD candidate in Palaeobiology

University of Birmingham


Postdoctoral researcher

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (starting in 8/2022)