Fion Waisum Ma
Vertebrate palaeontology research

Evolution, Dinosaurs, Digital visualisation, Biomechanics

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About me


I am a vertebrate palaeontologist from Hong Kong and currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C., US). 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

Postdoctoral researcher

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 



Professional experience

Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2022-)

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


PhD. Earth Sciences (Palaeobiology). University of Birmingham (2022). 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: Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., US