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 late 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 National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC, USA) in late 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher. I study dinosaurs, particularly the biology of oviraptorosaurs and dietary evolution of dinosaurs. I use digital and biomechanical techniques to study the form and function of animals.

Fion Waisum Ma 馬慧芯

PhD candidate in Palaeobiology

University of Birmingham

​​伯明翰大學 古生物學博士研究生

Postdoctoral researcher

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (starting in late 2022)


博士後研究員 (2022年底起)