Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstrasse
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. Part
of it is presented here.
Heinrich continued 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.
Current research activities
involve a revision of Plateosaurus material in the MFN, cranial kinesis
in large theropods, and stegosaur defense mechanisms.
If research and family allow,
Heinrich prefers to spend his summer holidays digging for dinosaurs.