M.Sc. Feiko Miedema

PhD student



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Research interests

I am interested in the evolutionary history and paleobiology of reptiles, with a special interest in marine taxa such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. The focus of my work as a PhD student is describing ontogenetic variation in ichthyosaurs and analyzing its effect on current phylogenetic characters. My work at the SMNS mainly focusses on the genus Stenopterygius, because our collection has many specimens of all ontogenetic ages including embryos in pregnant females!




  • Miedema, F. and E. E. Maxwell. 2019. Ontogeny of the braincase in Stenopterygius (Reptilia, Ichthyosauria) from the Early Jurassic of Germany, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 39: e1675164. doi:10.1080/02724634.2019.1675164
  • Miedema, F., A.S. Schulp, J.W. Jagt and E.W.A. Mulder. 2019. New elasmosaur material (Plesiosauroidea) from the Maastrichtian type area, the Netherlands, Netherlands Journal of Geoscience 98: 1-4. doi.org/10.1017/njg.2019.2

Conference contributions

  • Miedema, F., S. N. F. Spiekman, V. Fernandez, J. W. F. Reumer, T. M. Scheyer, Reconstructing the cranial morphology of Macrocnemus using synchrotron microtomography, ICVM 2019, Prague, Czech Republic – Oral Presentation, Abstract book of the XII Meeting of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology, Prague, Czech Republic July 21th-25th, 2019. Published by Journal of Morphology vol. 280
  • Miedema, F. and E. E. Maxwell, Ontogenetic changes in the braincase of Stenopterygius, EAVP annual meeting 2018, Caparica, Portugal – Poster Presentation, Abstract book of the XVI Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Caparica, Portugal June 26th-July 1st, 2018


2017 - 2019

  • MASTER OF SCIENCE - EARTH SCIENCES, Utrecht University. Thesis: Reconstructing the cranial morphology of Macrocnemus using synchrotron microtomography. Supervision by PD Dr. Torsten Scheyer, Palaeontological Institute and Museum University of Zürich and Prof Dr. Jelle Reumer, Utrecht University

2011 - 2016

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – BIOLOGY, Utrecht University. Thesis: A new elasmosaur vertebra from the Maastrichtian type area. Supervision by Prof. Dr. Anne Schulp, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden and Prof. Dr. Jelle Reumer, Utrecht University


  • HIGH SCHOOL, Mencia de Mendoza lyceum Breda, the Netherlands.