Research Assistant Professor
I’m a multi-disciplinary vertebrate palaeontologist from HK. I earned a BSc in geology from UCL in 2006 before progressing to an MSc in geoscience (palaeobiology) in 2007. I pursued a PhD on ‘the evolution and biomechanics of dinosaurian tails’ with Profs. Paul Upchurch and John R Hutchinson (RVC) completing in 2012.
My primary research interests are the evolution of dinosaurs (particularly of theropods and avian origins), laser-based fossil imaging and the evolutionary biomechanics of vertebrates (especially of dinosaurs). Much of my work focuses on Chinese fossils that I study with Prof. Xu Xing (IVPP, China) e.g. the bird-like dinosaurs Linheraptor and Jianianhualong.
I lead the Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory which includes postdoctoral researcher Dr. Pei Rui, two PhD students, a number of undergraduate and Master's students as well as research associates. I produced and instruct HKU's free online course Dinosaur Ecosystems.