Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und
Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Heinrich Mallison studied Geology/ Paleontology at Tübingen University in
southern Germany. After a brief stint in palaeobotany, working on fossil pine
cones, he received a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) for his work on developing
computer aided design and computer aided engineering modeling methods for
vertebrate paleontology in 2007. This project was part of the Research Unit FOR
533 'Biology of sauropod gigantism' of the German Science Foundation (GSF) and
dealt mostly with the locomotion of the 'prosauropod' Plateosaurus.
Heinrich currently continues his work on digitizing and NASTRAN-based
kinetic/dynamic modeling techniques as head (and sole member) of a project at
the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin (MFN), again part of GSF FOR 533, modeling
sauropod locomotion and related aspects.
Other current research activities involve a revision of Plateosaurus
material in the MFN, cranial kinesis in large theropods, and stegosaur defense
If research and family allow, Heinrich prefers to spend his summer holidays
digging for dinosaurs.