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

February 2021

Fossil fish from Ssukou 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


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, Department of Life Science, Tunghai University

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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