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Takuya Konishi

Title: Asst Professor - Educator Prov
Office: 851R Rieveschl Hall
Tel: 513-556-9726
Email: takuya.konishi@uc.edu

Vertebrate paleontology with research interests including evolution of fossil marine reptiles mosasaurs, marine trophic structures across North America during the Cretaceous inclusive of the Arctic Circle, and comparative analysis on morphofunctional traits among swimming tetrapods past and present. My research website here.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2009 (Systematics and Evolution).
  • B.Sc. , University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2004 (Paleontology).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (Co-PI), Vavrek, M., Evans, D., Konishi, T., Cook, T., and Campbell, J., Vertebrates of the ancient Arctic seas: palaeontology of the Late Cretaceous Anderson River Formation, northern Northwest Territories, Canada, Polar Continental Shelf Program Field Logistics Coordination Assistance. (622-16), $22,300 CAD. 2016 to 2016. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Vavrek, M., Konishi, T., and Cook, T., Vertebrates of the ancient Arctic seas: palaeontology of the Late Cretaceous Anderson River Formation, northern Northwest Territories, Canada, National Geographic Committee for Research & Exploration. (9799-15), $22,000 USD. 2015 to 2016. Status: Completed.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Sato, T., Konishi, T., Nishimura, T., and Yoshimura, T. (2017). (In Press). A basal mosasauroid from the Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Hokkaido, northern Japan. Paleontological Research.
  • Cook, T. D., Brown, E., Ralrick, P. E., and Konishi, T. (2017). A late Campanian euselachian assemblage from the Bearpaw Formation of Alberta, Canada: some notable range extensions. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 54, 973-980.
  • Konishi, T., Caldwell, M.W., Nishimura, T., Sakurai, K., and Tanoue, K (2016). A new halisaurine mosasaur (Squamata: Halisaurinae) from Japan: the first record in the western Pacific realm and the first documented insights into binocular vision in mosasaurs. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 14, 809-839. [Link]
  • Konishi, T. (2015). Redescription of UALVP 40, an unusual specimen of Chasmosaurus Lambe, 1914 (Ceratopsidae: Chasmosaurinae) bearing long postorbital horns, and its implications for ontogeny and alpha taxonomy of the genus. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 52 (8), 608–619.
  • Newbrey, M., and Konishi, T. (2015). A new lizardfish (Teleostei, Aulopiformes) from the Late Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation of Alberta, Canada, with a revised diagnosis of Apateodus (Aulopiformes, Ichthyotringoidei). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 35 (3), 19 pp..
  • Yamashita, M., Konishi, T., and Sato, T. (2015). Sclerotic rings in mosasaurs (Squamata: Mosasauridae): structures and taxonomic diversity. PLOS ONE, 10 (2), 16 pp.. [Link]
  • Konishi, T., Newbrey, M., and Caldwell, M.W. (2014). A Small, Exquisitely Preserved Specimen of Mosasaurus missouriensis (Squamata, Mosasauridae) from the Upper Campanian of the Bearpaw Formation, Western Canada, and the first stomach contents for the genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34 (4), 802–819. [Link]
  • Konishi, T., Lindgren, J., Caldwell, M.W., and Chiappe, L.M. (2012). Platecarpus tympaniticus (Squamata: Mosasauridae): Osteology of an exceptionally preserved specimen and its insights into the acquisition of a streamlined body shape in mosasaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32 (6), 1313–1327.
  • Sato, T., Konishi, T., Hirayama, R., and Caldwell, M.W. (2012). A review of the Upper Cretaceous marine reptiles from Japan. Cretaceous Research, 37, 319–340.
  • Konishi, T. (2012). The northernmost occurrence of Prognathodon (Squamata: Mosasauridae) from the Western Interior Seaway of North America. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 49 (9), 1111–1115.
  • Konishi, T., Tanimoto, M., Utsunomiya, S., Sato, M., and Watanabe, K. (2012). A large mosasaurine (Squamata: Mosasauridae) from the Latest Cretaceous of Osaka Prefecture (SW Japan). Paleontological Research, 16 (2), 79–87.
  • Konishi, T., Brinkman, D., Massare, J., and Caldwell, M.W. (2011). New exceptional specimens of Prognathodon overtoni (Squamata, Mosasauridae) from the Upper Campanian of Alberta, Canada, and the systematics and ecology of the genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31 (5), 1026–1046.
  • Konishi, T., and Caldwell, M.W. (2011). Two new plioplatecarpine (Squamata, Mosasauridae) genera from the Upper Cretaceous of North America, and a global phylogenetic analysis of plioplatecarpines. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31 (4), 754–783.
  • Konishi, T., Caldwell, M.W., and Bell, G.L. Jr. (2010). Redescription of the holotype of Platecarpus tympaniticus (Mosasauridae: Plioplatecarpinae), and its implications for the alpha taxonomy of the genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30 (5), 1410–1421.
  • Lindgren, J., Caldwell, M.W., Konishi, T., and Chiappe, L.M. (2010). Convergent evolution in aquatic tetrapods: insights from an exceptional fossil mosasaur. PLOS ONE, 5 (8), 10 pp.. [Link]
  • Konishi, T., and Caldwell, M.W. (2009). New material of the mosasaur Plioplatecarpus nichollsae Cuthbertson et al., 2007, clarifies problematic features of the holotype specimen. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 29 (4), 417–436.
  • Caldwell, M.W., Konishi, T., Obata, I., and Muramoto, K. (2008). A new species of Taniwhasaurus (Mosasauridae, Tylosaurinae) from the upper Santonian-lower Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Hokkaido, Japan. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28 (2), 339–348.
  • Konishi, T. (2008). A new specimen of Selmasaurus sp., cf. S. russelli (Mosasauridae: Plioplatecarpini) from Greene County, western Alabama, USA. Proceedings of the Second Mosasaur Meeting, 95–105.
  • Konishi, T. (2008). Southernmost occurrence of Platecarpus planifrons (Squamata: Mosasauridae) from the Tombigbee Sand Member (middle Santonian) of Alabama, USA, and a revised biostratigraphy of the genus. Proceedings of the Second Mosasaur Meeting, 106–114.
  • Caldwell, M.W., and Konishi, T. (2007). Taxonomic re-assignment of the first-known mosasaur specimen from Japan, and a discussion of circum-Pacific mosasaur paleobiogeography. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27 (2), 517–520.
  • Konishi, T., and Caldwell, M.W. (2007). New specimens of Platecarpus planifrons (Cope, 1874) (Squamata: Mosasauridae) and a revised taxonomy of the genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27 (1), 59–72.

Experience & Service

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 08/15/2014 to 08/14/2015, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada.
  • 05/01/2014 to 08/14/2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Alberta, Canada.
  • 09/01/2012 to 04/30/2014, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.
  • 05/01/2012 to 04/30/2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.
  • 09/01/2009 to 08/31/2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Alberta, Canada.

Courses Taught

  • -BIOL-3020C HUMAN/COMP ANATOMY
    Level: Undergraduate