Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kumiko Matsui

JPSP Cross-Border Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interest is neuroanatomy and sensory organ of extinct marine mammals. I want to know how marine mammals adapted to various sea environments in the early stages of their evolution and marine environmental response of marine mammals during Oligocene to Miocene. I use 3D imaging (CT scanning, 3D surface scanning, and Photogrammetry) and morphological analyses for my research. 

Department / Division
  • PhD, The University of Tokyo
  • MSc, Kyoto University
  • BSc, University of Tsukuba
Additional Resources

Learn more about Kumiko's research in the Pyenson Lab.

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

  • Geological Society of America

  • The Palaeontological Association

  • Paleontological Society of Japan

  • Geological Society of Japan

  • Japan Geoscience Union
Research Interests
  • Evolutionary history of marine mammals
  • Brain evolution of marine mammals
  • Taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny, paleoecology of Desmostylia (? Perissodactyla)