MICHAEL HABIB

Speaker

Dr. Michael Habib is a biomechanist who reconstructs the performance and motion of fossil animals. Most of his discoveries relate to the evolution of animal flight, and he is particularly fond of working on pterosaurs — flying reptiles of the Mesozoic, which are regarded as the largest flying animals of all time. Dr. Habib asks research questions related to the anatomical limits of flight, the relationships of anatomy to behavior, and the role of locomotion in ecology and evolution. His research program is diverse and includes animals ranging from fish to birds. He is a Research Associate at the Dinosaur Institute of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Assistant Professor in the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where he teaches human gross anatomy. Off the job, he enjoys a good cup of tea and practicing traditional Kung Fu.