Dr Pittman, Michael 文嘉棋
- The evolutionary biomechanics of vertebrates, especially dinosauria.
- The evolution of carnivorous dinosaurs (Theropoda) and early birds.
- Phylogenetic analysis particularly the effect of continuous data on tree topology (systematics)
- The biogeography of the Dinosauria.
- Jurassic dinosaurs of Greater China.
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 interests are in the evolutionary biomechanics of vertebrates, especially dinosaurs, and the evolution of theropod dinosaurs (including early birds). The latter is focussed on Chinese material that I study with Prof. Xu Xing (IVPP, Beijing) an example of which is Linheraptor from the Inner Mongolia Research Project.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2018-09-01||Award for Teaching Innovations in E-Learning 2017-18: Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2018-09-01||edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning (finalist): edX||Teaching Accomplishment|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|10/2007 - present||Member||Palaeontological Association (UK)|
|10/2007 - present||Member||Royal Geographical Society (UK)|
|10/2003 - present||Fellow||Geological Society of London (UK)|
|10/2006 - present||Member||Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (USA)|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|English, Cantonese, Putonghua||英語、粵語、普通話|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
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