Professor of Biology
California State University San Bernardino
Dr Stuart Sumida is a Professor of Biology at California State University San Bernardino. He received his Ph.D from UCLA in 1987, and taught in the Department of Anatomy and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago from 1988-1992, and moved to CSUSB in 1992. Stuart is a comparative anatomist and paleontologist who specialises in the biomechanics and evolution of locomotion. He is the author of three books and approximately 60 publications on the anatomy of living and extinct amphibians and reptiles - animals that predating the earliest dinosaurs by 50-80 million years. But, he works on dinosaurs as well, investigating their locomotion and relationships to birds.
His palaeontological research has taken him throughout North America and Europe with the support of many museums, the National Geographic Society and NATO. Stuart's teaching focus is primarily on comparative vertebrate anatomy and human anatomy. He has been an anatomical consultant to special effect artists and animators on over thirty feature length films for such groups as Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images, Warner Brothers, Rhythm and Hues, SONY Pictures ImageWorks, Walt Disney Imagineering, and others. His work in the animation and special effects industries began with Beauty and the Beast and Lion King, and has included Mulan, George of the Jungle, the live action versions of 101 and 102 Dalmatians, Tarzan, Stuart Little, Dinosaur, Cats and Dogs, Harry Potter, Lilo and Stitch, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Scooby Doo, Stuart Little II, Reign of Fire, Brother Bear, and Shrek II. He is currently involved in ongoing projects with DreamWorks Feature Animation, SONY, and Rhythm and Hues. His recent work with Rhythm and Hues Studios includes: Scooby Doo II, Garfield, Chronicles of Riddick, and Around the World in 80 Days. He will be talking about his work as an anatomical consultant with that studio at this year’s Animex.
Stuart has one son, Darwin, who is three years old and acts a lot like Stitch. When Darwin lets him, Stuart teaches aikido and pursues his other interests in the martial arts.