About me

Hi I’m Oliver Demuth,

I’m a scientific illustrator, paleoartist and researcher currently based in Zurich, Switzerland. I graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in June 2017, where I studied Scientific Visualization. I draw and paint dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals for publications and work on biomechanics and 3D computional modelling.

My goal is to always combine scientific facts with appealing illustrations. With my art I strive to convey the best visual means to address complex scientific information in a way that is understandable to all readers. The studies at the ZHdK were the combination of these interests; I was able to combine science and research with the ability to create a visual form for knowledge and outreach. It was, however, very clear from the beginning that I wanted to integrate my special interest in palaeontology into the courses and projects. Therefore I did not hesitate to look for opportunities to enhance my specific knowledge and I participated in the 3D Modelling for Biosciences Course, organized by Transmitting Science, in Spain, and a fossil preparation course at the Sauriermuseum Aathal in Switzerland. Through personal initiative I was able to dive even more into my field of interest and participate in two internships, the first in the lab of Dr. David Evans at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, and the second with Dr. Octávio Mateus at the Museu da Lourinhã, Portugal, during the summer semester breaks.

Over the years I developed a special interest in biomechanics and 3D computational modelling. My current research focus lays on novel three-dimensional computational modelling techniques to reconstruct deformed and partially preserved specimens, as well as biomechanics and myology of extinct and extant archosaurs. I presented one of my projects, the reconstruction and retrodeformation of the cervical series of the sauropod dinosaur Galeamopus pabsti, at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary. This research project is currently in preparation for publication with my co-authors, Dr. Heinrich Mallison, Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager, and Dr. Emanuel Tschopp.

Last year I completed a four-month research fellowship at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany, working on the moment arms in the pelvic musculature in extant Caimans during locomotion. Furthermore, I am currently involved in a variety of research projects, including basal sauropodomorph myology and biomechanics, neck biomechanics in sauropods, and pterosaur osteology and trabeculae anatomy.

I was accepted at the University of Bristol for the MSc Palaeobiology perogramme, which I’m going to start this September.