PEOPLE

Professor Yuong-Nam Lee, Ph.D. 

  • INTERESTS          Vertebrate Paleontology, Evolution, Paleoecology, Taphonomy

  • EDUCATION

        1980~1986         Department of Geology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

                                      (B.S., Geology, 02/1984)

                                      (M.S., Paleontology, 08/86: Supervisor: Prof. Ha-Young Lee)

                                     Thesis: Paleontology and stratigraphy of the Jigunsan Formation and

                                                 Duwibong Formation of the Chosen Supergroup in

                                                 Nokgeon Sangdong area, Yeongweol Gun, Kangweon Do,

                                                 South Korea

       1990~1995          Department of Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,

                                     TX, USA         

                                      (Ph.D., Vertebrate Paleontology, 05/95, Supervisor: Prof. Louis L. Jacobs)

                                     Dissertation: Mid-Cretaceous archosaurs of the Paw Paw and Woodbine

                                                            formations, Texas         

                                         

  • POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

        1995~1996          Department of Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Texas,

                                      USA

        1996~1997          Department of Earth Science Education, Kyungpook National University,

                                      Korea

        1997~1999          Department of Earth System Sciences, Yonsei University, Korea

  • RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

        1994                     Invited scholar at Smithsonian Institute

        2000~2001          BK21 invited scholar at Seoul National University

        2001~2007          Senior Researcher at KIGAM

        2006~2011          Leader of Korea-Mongolia International Dinosaur Expedition

        2008~2015          Principal Researcher at KIGAM

        2009~                   Visiting Researcher at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Japan

        2010~2015          Director of Geological Museum of KIGAM

        2013                     Visiting Professor at Hokkaido University Museum, Japan

        2013~                   Vice President of ADA (Asia Dinosaur Association)

        2015~                   Professor at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National

                                      University

        2018~2019          Vice President of the Geological Society of Korea

  • ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS

        1983                      An honor from the president of Yonsei University, Korea

        1991                      T.E. Williams Research Award, Southern Methodist University, USA

        1993                      Dallas Korean-American Scholarship, Dallas, USA

        1994                      Smithsonian Institution Short Term Visitor Award, USA

        1996                      The Saurus Institute Research Award, USA

        1999                      Distinguished Research Award from Korea Research Foundation, Korea

        2003                      Best Research Award from KIGAM, Korea

        2004                      Best Research Award from the Geological Society of Korea, Korea

        2005                      Special Award from KIGAM, Korea

        2006                      Best Science Writer from Donga Newspaper, Korea

        2012                      Best Research Award from the Paleontological Society of Korea, Korea

        2014                      2014 Scientist of the Year from Korea Science Journalists Association,

                                       Korea

        2014                      Best Researcher of the Year from KIGAM, Korea

        2015                      Special Award from NST (National Research Center of Science &

                                       Technology), Korea

        2015                      Honor Medal from Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea

        2015                      Global Player from KIGAM, Korea

        2015                      The National Academy of Sciences Award, Korea

  • EDITOR

       2004~2007             Journal of the Paleontological Society of Korea (Chief Editor)

       2009~2011            Palaios (Assistant Editor)

       2013~                     Geosciences Journal (Associated Editor)

  • LECTURE  OFFERED

       046.012                 Understanding the Earth (undergraduate class)

       3345.308               Fossils & Lab. (undergraduate class)

       3345.746               Seminar in Paleobiology (graduate class)

                                         - Vertebrate Paleontology

                                         - Dinosaurology

                                         - Microvertebrate Paleontology

                                         - Vertebrate Ichnology

                                         - Paleoichthyology

                                         - Bone histology

                                         - Pterosauria

       3345.606               Stratigraphy and Paleontology (graduate class)

 

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Graduate Students

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​김성영 (Seong Yeong Kim)

Ph.D. student

   I am Seong Yeong Kim at Paleontological laboratory. I liked dinosaur very much from my childhood, so it was natural that I started being interested in Geology. The more I knew of it, the more I wanted to study it. This is the reason why I chose geology as my major and has become a great motivation I dedicated myself to studying it hard. In undergraduate course, I widely learned entire field of the study. In master’s course, I specifically studied sedimentology and paleoenvironment in Pukyoung National University, and I researched the taphonomy of invertebrate fossils excavated in the Jinju Formation, lacustrine deposits developed in Cretaceous. After graduation from the department, I worked in Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) as the postmaster for a year. During the training period, I researched authigenic carbonates precipitated in sediments by gas hydrate dissociation. Finally, this year, I began to study dinosaur at Seoul National University. Though I am almost a beginner in the field, I would like to research taphonomy, physiology, evolutionary biology, and bones through SEM.

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​이한울 (Hanwool Lee)

Combined Master's & Doctoral student

   My research interests are focused on the evolution of Cenozoic mammals, Mesozoic dinosaurs, and their diversification into modern families, using extensive anatomical and functional knowledge as a basis for comparison. Especially, interested in the evolution and community structure of carnivorans, human, and theropods.

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​이성진 (Sungjin Lee)

Ph.D. student

   My interests are as diverse as dinosaurs, from their evolution to physiology to ecology. Studying their various shapes and lifestyles with fossil remains is what I do in order to know more about these fascinating creatures. Also, I have great interest in systematics and want to figure out phylogenetic relationships among Mesozoic dinosaurs and other archosaurs, mainly those lived in East Asia.

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​박진영 (Jin-Young Park)

Ph.D. student

   Born 1987 in Seoul, South Korea, and I was a paleo geek ever since. I studied conodonts during junior and senior years in Kangwon National University, and received a master’s degree on Paleontology from Chonnam National University. I have published some articles about lizard and dinosaur fossils, and also named a new genus and species of fossil varanoid lizard, Asprosaurus bibongriensis, in 2015

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​김수환 (Su-Hwan Kim)

Ph.D. student

   I studied Cenozoic fishes during my undergraduate in Kyungpook National University. My interests are taxonomy of fossil fishes and their paleoenvironment based on sedimentary rocks. I think it is worth to study fossil fishes for understanding of paleobiodiversity of Korean peninsula. Through my research activities, I hope that many people become interested in fossil fishes and their evolution.

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윤한상 (Han Sang Yoon)

Ph.D. student

   Dinosaurs leaded my way to the natural science, especially geology and paleontology. Nowadays my research interests are focused on taphonomy and sedimentology, and using these tools I want to reconstruct paleoenvironment in more detailed ways. As a beginner, my main subject is dinosaur footprints and trackways, and I hope I could understand their behaviors and inhabited environment through their traces

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김뇌헌 (Noe Heon Kim)

Combined Master's & Doctoral student

   My research interests are focused on studies of extinct and extant archosaurian eggs. I am especially interested in analyzing the crystallographic characters of various eggshells by using EBSD (Electron Backscatter Diffraction), and ultimately understanding archosaurian egg evolution. Although many dinosaur egg sites have been found in Korea, they are not extensively studied yet. Therefore, revealing the paleobiodiversity of eggs in Korea and its relationship within East Asia is one of my objectives.

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​박성준 (Sung Jun Park)

M.Sc. student

   I graduated University of Washington at Seattle in 2015 as a general Biology major. During my sophomore year I was enthralled by the History of Life course offered by professor Peter D. Ward, and has been greatly interested in paleobiology ever since. I became interested in pretty much all aspects of paleobiology, but was particulary interested in the great diversification and extinction events of prehistoric lifeforms. I hope that research in these boom and bust cycles of speciation will lead to an insight on how life would eventually evolve in the current Anthropocene age.

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​손민영 (Min Young Son)

M.Sc. student

   I am currently working on a ceratopsian dinosaur from Mongolia for my M.Sc. thesis, with emphasis in ontogenetic variation and character evolution. Before this, I focused on a juvenile odontocete specimen from the Miocene Duho Formation of South Korea. I majored in Earth System Sciences in Yonsei University. I participated in Gobi Dinosaur Supporters led by Prof. Lee in my first year of college and excavated fossils in southeastern Mongolia. Later on, I had trips to Europe and Japan to see large fossil collections. When dealing with fossil specimens, in addition to their morphological characteristics, I plan to investigate the geochemical properties and to induce the paleoenvironmental and diagenetic context it went through all along.

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​고혜진 (Haejin Ko)

M.Sc. student

   I graduated from Waseda University in Japan as a Liberal arts major and wrote my thesis in Vertebrate Paleontology. I came across a dinosaur course during my sophomore year and ever since then, my interest in dinosaurs has grown rapidly and also reached out into the field of reptiles. I currently have a crested gecko as a pet and will expand my reptile hobby into bigger lizards and snakes. This leads to my research in reptile evolution and paleobiology. In specific, snakes have changed their features in the process of evolution which resulted in their loss of eyelids, limbs and ears, evolved their venom glands, Jacobson's organs and pit organs. Through fossil records, I will be researching on how these features evolved. To do so, I will focus on comparative anatomy, functional morphology and paleobiology to bring back the fossils and extinct animals to life.

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​홍성윤 (Sung Yoon Hong)

M.Sc. student

   Hello, my name is Sungyoon Hong. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 with a Geoscience degree. I have experience as a fossil preparator for 3 years in the school's Geology museum and as a lab intern in Two Medicine Dinosaur Center (Bynum, Montana) for 3 months. Also, I conducted a quantitative study of the relationship between ammonite shell and their geographical distribution during my undergraduate years. My main interest in paleontology includes paleobiogeography, paleoecology, systematics, and evolution/extinction in extinct vertebrates. Especially, I am deeply interested in change of global distribution of extinct vertebrates through geologic time and find out the meaningful geographic and evolutionary pattern behind it. I am particularly interested in biogeography of Southern continent dinosaurs (especially Abelisaurs, Titanosaurs, and Elasmaria) and late early Jurassic/early middle Jurassic vertebrate fossil gap anomaly.

Alumni

최승 (Seung Choi)

2020. 8. (Ph.D.)

Postdoctoral fellow

at Montana State University

박의준 (Euijun Park)

2019. 8. (석박통합과정 수료)

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