New fish introduced by our team

July 2024

Attending Taiwan ichthyology meeting

June 2024

Our latest works and activities advertised in Open Museum

May 2024

Fossil paradise Penghu archipelago

April 2024

Digging a new fish skeleton from Taiwan

Stay tuned for this new discovery!

March 2024

Back in Panama for more projects!

February 2024

Fish sampling in Vietnam and new paper from Brunei

January 2024

New paper from the lab

New bird fossils from Taiwan

December 2023

Young paleontologists in Taiwan

Our lab hosted a gathering event for Postdocs, PhD and young students

November 2023

New paper

Our article on Early Pliocene deep-sea otoliths from Taiwan in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology

October 2023

Attending ECI 2023

Five presentations @ European Congress of Ichthyology, Prague

September 2023

Attending APC2

Three presentations @ 2nd Asian Palaeontological Congress, Tokyo

August 2023

New paper

Our article on the mesopelagic fish community over the past 460 kyr is in Science Advances

July 2023

Sepkoski Grant

Our small proposal on the Filipino fish fossils was awarded by the Paleontological Society, USA.

June 2023

New paper

We found a very interesting fish community during the warmer-than-present period in temperate Japan (super warm MIS 5e).

May 2023

Project funded!

Diana's small grant on Taiwanese fossil bivalves was awarded by Palaeontological Assocaition, UK.

April 2023

Field trip in the Philippines

We are collecting fossils and fresh fish samples at many amazing Filipino sites.

March 2023

Apply now for our summer intern

At least three summer internships are open in our lab. Contact us for more information.

February 2023

@ Prague for more fish fossils

Visiting the Institute of Geology, Czech Academy of Sciences for our joint project.

January 2023

New paper on CPB

Our paper, led by Erin, defines conservation paleobiology for the first time in 20 years.

December 2022

@ IPC6

Presenting our latest findings at the 6th International Palaeontological Congress in Thailand

November 2022

New fossil shark paper

Our first fossil elasmobranch paper is out. More to come soon!

October 2022

New PhD student

Our first TIGP student, Dom, joins our team this month. He will be exploring lots of otoliths and their morphology!

September 2022

New member

Our new RA, Jia-Rong, will be in our lab for geochemical analyses of fish otoliths.

August 2022

Back to the field & new fellow

Fossil locality at the southern tip of Taiwan is our next target, and we welcome our new fellow Diana.

July 2022

A full-page article on our lab & research

June 2022

The first skeletal fossil record described by our team was a fantastic experience working on it.

May 2022

Our new monograph is finally out! This time based on >25000 otoliths, plenty of new stuff

April 2022

Fish otoliths as a tool to reveal the coastal fish diversity in prehistoric Taiwan.

March 2022

New coral record

Finally, it has a name. Dendrophyllia coral found from a late Miocene stratum in northern Taiwan, amazing discovery!!

February 2022

Project funded!

Our small fossil shark teeth project is now funded by the Palaeontological Assocaition, UK. What a start for 2022!

January 2022

New 3D scanner for small fossils

Our latest toy has arrived!

December 2021

 Lab is presenting 4 conference papers@ Geosciences2021

November 2021

 Live show @ 

October 2021

Opening a course @ NTU GEO

Want to know what our lab is doing? Then take my course "Fish diversity across time and space" this semester!

September 2021

We are pleased to have Siao-Man onboard. She worked on avian evolution, but will help us analyze fish fossils.

August 2021

Our new paper is out. Get a copy!

July 2021

 We are hiring!

A Postdoc or RA is available. Please check here or contact me directly. 

June 2021

 Tons of fossils in the collection

We received many fossils from Prof. Tao (NTU), and now they are deposited at the BRC fossil collection

May 2021

We reconstructed the age-population structure of P. huaihoensis through the morphology of their teeth. Cool!!

April 2021

Our new paper discussed the influence of ancient Kuroshio Current on Japanese fish fauna

March 2021

We are pleased to have Chia-Yen onboard to help with shark fossils

February 2021

 Fossil fish from Szekou Formation

A new sparid from Taiwan? Stay tune for more results

January 2021

 Our formal otolith cabinet has arrived

Welcome to examine, deposit and exchange otoliths with us

December 2020

Our new paper reveals not just what tunas eat but they eat differently through life

November 2020

Working on ODP otoliths

We are launching a side project with Prof. Li Lo at the Dept. of Geosciences, NTU

October 2020

Many have been obtained and we look forward to the second internship next year

September 2020

Summer workshops underway

We are holding numerous workshops: fish taxonomy, micro-photography, and more

August 2020

Each fossil has a story

The online Taiwan News has a full-page article on what our lab is currently doing

July 2020

New! Lab & lab members are here!

Stay tuned for the upcoming new lab page

June 2020

NEW lab under construction! 

May 2020

Invited seminar 

Title: From tiny fossils to big questions: a multidisciplinary approach in traditional paleontology @LS114, Tunghai University

Learn More

April 2020

Brunei expedition 

Just came back from a sampling trip with lots of recent fish, otoliths, and fossils. Stay tuned for further details on this material!

March 2020

What do otters eat in Kinmen?

From the otoliths in their spraints, Eurasian otters mostly consume tilapia, an invasive fish on the island. (my co-supervised master's thesis was just out by Yi-shiuan Tai)

February 2020

Sampling fish at midnight 

At this fish market in Keelung, you got something special; the only bad thing is that they start at 2 am

January 2020

Fish fossils of Taiwan: 

Our new paper on "Where to find and why we should care about fish fossils in Taiwan" is now published online in Historical Biology

The paper 

December 2019

Invited seminar 

Title: The fossil otoliths: the known, the unknown, and why should we care @National Taiwan Ocean University,  Room FSH107

Learn more

November 2019

New content released 


October 2019

Eocene otoliths of Gulf coastal plain revisited 

Back to Bari, Italy for about 2 weeks for finalizing the project: Eocene otoliths from the US Gulf coast

September 2019

Summer expeditions 

Busy collecting so many samples for the project: Neogene otolith-based fish fauna from the western Pacific.

August 2019

Sampling in Japan 

Had a nice sampling trip in Japan in the end of last month, which I hope will be a fantastic beginning of understanding the Neogene otolith-based fish fauna from the western Pacific.

July 2019

Otoliths from the reefs 

Our paper entitled "Reconstructing reef fish communities using fish otoliths in coral reef sediments" is now available in PLOS ONE

The paper 

June 2019

Public seminar 

A general introduction to FISH OTOLITH at the Tainan City Zuojhen Fossil Park, Tainan, Taiwan. 

May 2019

Invited seminar 

It's my honor to be invited to talk about: Fish Otoliths in Time and Space: Exploring the Diversity of Fish Through Their Fossil Records at the Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Learn more 

April 2019

Project funded!!! 

I am very happy to announce that the research project entitled "Significances of changes in the fish community composition in NW Pacific over the last 2 Ma" is now funded by MOST, Taiwan

Learn more 

March 2019

Opening 2 courses

Comparative anatomy (with Dr. Chun-Hsiang Chang)

Advanced ecology (with Dr. Shan-Hua Yang & Dr. Chung-Te Chang)

February 2019

First description of fossil otoliths from Taiwan is out

Lin, C.-H., et al. 2018. Common early Pleistocene fish otoliths from Niubu in Chia-Yi County, southwestern Taiwan. Journal of the National Taiwan Museum 71(3): 47–68

January 2019

New project: The hidden diversity of fish otolith in Traditional Chinese Medicine

What are they & Why should we care?

Learn more 

December 2018

New office established

(to be continued...)

November 2018

How I Landed My Dream Job in the Caribbean

See Katie's (my intern) story here

September 2018



See our previous research story at O’Dea’s lab here

May 2018