國立臺灣大學生態學與演化生物學研究所

Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
National Taiwan University

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Cheng-Hsiu Tsai, Assistant Professor (蔡政修 助理教授)


Title: Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Otago, New Zealand
Interest: Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), Marine Mammals, Fossil Vertebrates, Paleontology, Evolution, Taxonomy

E-mail: whaletsai@ntu.edu.tw
Lab: Lab of evolution and diversity of fossil vertebrates
Life Science Building R508
Tel: +886-2-3366-2448


Research Interests

There are two life-long projects of this lab:

1.To understand and explore the evolutionary history of marine mammals worldwide (especially on large whales, such as baleen whales – Mysticeti). Basically, the remains of fossil marine mammals only preserve bones, so part of the research would involve or use the skeletal specimens of extant species to discuss the morphological evolution.

2.To uncover the diversity of fossil vertebrates in Taiwan and its surrounding areas from different geological times (such as Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene). Aim to fully reconstruct the evolutionary history or faunal succession of vertebrate diversity in Taiwan so that we could start to figure out the origin and timing of modern vertebrate diversity in Taiwan.

In addition, apart from conducting the first-hand research, this lab would also as much as possible promote and disseminate the knowledge of related research by ceaselessly writing up the popular science articles, delivering public talks, and/or organizing exhibitions to introduce fossils and evolution of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and other vertebrates.


Courses offered

LS2015 脊椎動物學 Vertebrate Zoology
EEB5035 演化生物學 Evolutionary Biology
動物分類學 Animal Taxonomy
古生物學 Paleontology
海洋哺乳動物學 Marine Mammalogy

等相關課程


Publications

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Tsai, C.-H. and Mead, J. G. 2018. Crossing the equator: a northern occurrence of the pygmy right whale. Zoological Letters 4:30 doi:10.1186/s40851-018-0117-8 link

Tsai, C.-H. and Fordyce, R. E. 2018. A new archaic baleen whale, Toipahautea waitaki (early Late Oligocene, New Zealand) and the origins of crown Mysticeti. Royal Society Open Science 5:172453 doi:10.1098/rsos.172453 link

Tsai, C.-H., Collareta, A., Fitzgerald, E. M. G., Marx, F. G., Kohno, N., Bosselaers, M., Insacco, G., Reitano, A., Catanzariti, R., Oishi, M., and Bianucci, G. 2017. Northern pygmy right whales highlight Quaternary marine mammal interchange. Current Biology 27:1058-1059. link

Tsai, C.-H. 2017. A Miocene breeding ground of an extinct baleen whale (Cetacea: Mysticeti). PeerJ 5:e3711 doi:10.7717/peerj.3711 link

Tsai, C.-H. and Boessenecker, R. W. 2017. The earliest known fin whale Balaenoptera physalus from the early Pleistocene of Northern California, USA. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 37:e1306536 doi:10.1080/02724634.2017.1306536 link

Hernandez-Cisneros, A. E. and Tsai, C.-H. 2016. A possible enigmatic kekenodontid (Cetacea, Kekenodontidae) from the Oligocene of Mexico. Paleontologia Mexicana 5(2):147-155. link

Tsai, C.-H. and Kohno, N. 2016. Multiple origins of gigantism in stem baleen whales. The Science of Nature: Naturwissenschaften 103:89 doi:10.1007/s00114-016-1417-5 link

Tsai, C.-H. and Fordyce, R. E. 2016. Archaic baleen whale from the Kokoamu Greensand: earbones distinguish a new late Oligocene mysticete (Cetacea: Mysticeti) from New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 46(2):117-138. link

Tsai, C.-H. and Ando, T. 2016. Niche partitioning in Oligocene toothed mysticetes (Mysticeti: Aetiocetidae). Journal of Mammalian Evolution 23(1):33-41. link

Marx, F. G., Tsai, C.-H., and Fordyce, R. E. 2015. A new Early Oligocene toothed ‘baleen’ whale (Mysticeti: Aetiocetidae) from western North America: one of the oldest and the smallest. Royal Society Open Science 2(12):150476 doi:10.1098/rsos.150476 link

Tsai, C.-H. and Fordyce, R. E. 2015b. The earliest gulp-feeding mysticete (Cetacea: Mysticeti) from the Oligocene of New Zealand. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 22(4):535-560. link

Tsai, C.-H. and Fordyce, R. E. 2015a. Ancestor-descendant relationships in evolution: origin of the extant pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata. Biology Letters 11(1):20140875 doi:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0875 link

Tsai, C.-H. and Boessenecker, R. W. 2015. An Early Pleistocene gray whale (Cetacea: Eschrichtiidae) from the Rio Dell Formation of Northern California. Journal of Paleontology 89(1):103-109. link

Tsai, C.-H. and Fordyce, R. E. 2014b. Juvenile morphology in baleen whale phylogeny. Naturwissenschaften 101(9):765-769. link

Tsai, C.-H. and Fordyce, R. E. 2014a. Disparate heterochronic processes in baleen whale evolution. Evolutionary Biology 41(2):299-307. link

Tsai, C.-H., Fordyce, R. E., Chang, C. H., and Lin, L. K. 2014. Quaternary fossil gray whales from Taiwan. Paleontological Research 18(2):82-93. link

Tsai, C.-H., Fordyce, R. E., Chang, C. H., and Lin, L. K. 2013. A review and status of fossil cetacean research in Taiwan. Taiwan Journal of Biodiversity 15(2):113-124. link

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