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Kenshu Shimada

Research Interests

Shimada is interested in the evolution of marine ecosystems over geologic time, particularly by examining the paleobiology of sharks and other marine vertebrates that lived during the ‘age of dinosaurs’ (Mesozoic). While he studies a variety of organisms in the context of paleoecology, his specialty is in a group of sharks called lamniforms that have been ecologically important in past and present oceans as they include top predators (e.g., mako and great white sharks) and large plankton feeders (e.g., basking and megamouth sharks). Shimada enjoys demonstrating the relationships of morphology in such aquatic vertebrates to their life history strategies, behavior, ecology, and evolution.
Classes Taught
  • General Biology II (Bio 192)
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Bio 270)
  • Introduction to Paleobiology (Bio 122)
  • Topics in Paleobiology (Bio 345/445)
  • Environmental Geology with Lab (Env 115)
  • Geology of the Environment (Env 116)
  • The Earth through Time with Lab (Env 117)
  • Natural History in Chicago (ISP 102: Explore Chicago)
Select Publications

Shimada, K., B. J. Welton, and D. J. Long. 2014. A new fossil megamouth shark (Lamniformes: Megachasmidae) from the Oligocene-Miocene of the western United States. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology,  34:281-290.
Kim, S. H., K. Shimada, and C. K. Rigsby. 2013. Anatomy and evolution of heterocercal tail in lamniform sharks. Anatomical Record, 296:433–442.

Shimada, K. 2012. Dentition of Late Cretaceous shark Ptychodus mortoni (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32:1271–1284.

Friedman, M., K. Shimada, L. D. Martin, M. J. Everhart, J. Liston, A. Maltese, M. Triebold. 2010. 100-million-year dynasty of giant planktivorous bony fishes in the Mesozoic seas. Science, 327:990–993.
Professional Activities
  • Chair of Government Affairs Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 
  • Research Associate in Paleontology, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays. Kansas 
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Fossil Research (Fossil Research Society of Japan)
Professional Society Memberships
  • American Elasmobranch Society
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Fossil Research Society of Japan
  • Kansas Academy of Science
  • Paleontological Society
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology