2013 Colbert Award

Kohei Tanaka

I was born in Nagoya, Japan and became interested in prehistoric life when I was six years old. This interest led me to receive a Bachelor of Science degree at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, where I studied dinosaur eggs with Dr. Yoshitsugu Kobayashi. For my senior thesis, I traveled to Henan and Guangdong provinces in China and described new specimens of these fossils. During this project, I became interested in the relationships between egg morphology, nesting behavior, and nesting environments in archosaurs.

This led me to study aspects of the reproductive biology of both extant and extinct vertebrates at the University of Calgary in Canada under the supervision of Dr Darla Zelenitsky. I studied the morphology and physiology of the eggs of living archosaur species for my Master's thesis and am currently examining changes in nesting strategies that occurred during archosaur evolution for my Ph.D. research. I aspire to contribute to the field of science by developing new techniques to test various hypotheses related to the paleobiology of dinosaurs and by educating the next generation through this research.


I would like to thank Drs Darla Zelenitsky, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, François Therrien, Junchang Lü, and Yuong-Nam Lee for their endless support, as well as scholarships from the Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund.


Photo caption:
Kohei Tanaka (right) with his supervisor Dr Darla Zelenitsky (middle) and former supervisor Dr Yoshitsugu Kobayashi (Photo coutesy of Hang-Jae Lee)