The biology and ecology of oviraptorosaurian dinosaurs are enigmatic. I study their skeleton (particularly the skulls) and reveal the ecological diversity through anatomical description and functional analysis.
Non-bird theropods underwent several times of dietary shifts during the Mesozoic. I am interested in exploring the skeletal adaptations accompanying these macroevolutionary changes using biomechanical techniques.
Vertebrates of Asia
East Asia is the home of many Mesozoic vertebrate animals. I study dinosaurs (e.g. oviraptorosaurs, tyrannosauroids, sauropods) and pterosaurs (e.g. darwinopterans, anurognathids) from China through collaborations with local museums such as Beipiao Pterosaur Museum of China.
I use photogrammetry and computed tomography (CT) scanning to create digital models of biological specimens. CT scanning is particularly useful for visualising the internal anatomy, which could not be examined through superficial inspection.
Most fossils are not completely preserved. I restore fossils to life condition using 3D modelling software. The restored model could be used for further analyses, such as muscle reconstruction and biomechanical analysis.
I am interested in exploring the function of extinct and extant animals. I do this through biomechanical analyses, which involve muscle reconstruction and loading simulation using finite element analysis (FEA).