Research statements

Over the past ten years, my research interests have been focusing on the morphology of fish otolith and fish taxonomy, paleontology and biostratigraphy, ecology and conservation paleobiology. I am deeply rooted in taxonomy and I am able to identify fish otoliths from a range of sources, none of my research topics would be possible without a proper otolith identification.

I investigate how fish communities have changed over time and space using otoliths in the marine sediments. I am particularly interested in how paleontological data can help establish conservation goals, as well as how museum specimens can be used to answering ecological and evolutionary questions.

Even more important, my research is guided by the principle that both biology and earth science are important in the study of the phenomenon in a historical context. To this end, I use both qualitative systematics description and quantitative ecological research methodologies in my research.

My major goals include:

  1. Describe the diversity of otolith-based fossil records at a global scale,

  2. Understand how geological events affect fish communities in the marine system,

  3. Develop diverse research programs in conservation paleobiology, and

  4. Provide a strong scientific basis for marine conservation decisions.

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