Dr Matthew Mason

Comparative mammalian physiology, especially the structure, function and evolution of the ear
University Physiologist

Dr Matt Mason studied veterinary medicine at St John's College, Cambridge, before diverting to take a doctorate in zoology. Following his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles, he returned to Cambridge and is now the 'University Physiologist'. Dr Mason teaches physiology to all the medical, veterinary and natural science students across the University. Within St Catharine's, Dr Mason supervises our natural sciences students in the first and second years and directs studies for our final year students taking physiological subjects. Dr Mason's research interests involve looking at how the ear has evolved in different vertebrate groups, paying particular attention to the bizarre ears of some subterranean mammals.

  • Mason, M.J. (2013) Of mice, moles and guinea-pigs: functional morphology of the middle ear in living mammals. Hearing Research 301: 4-18
  • Mason, M.J. & Narins, P.M. (2010) Seismic sensitivity and communication in subterranean mammals. In: The Use of Vibrations in Communication: Properties, Mechanisms and Function across Taxa. O'Connell-Rodwell, C.E. (ed). Kerala: Transworld Research Network
  • Mason, M.J. (2007) Pathways for sound transmission to the inner ear in amphibians. In: Hearing and Sound Communication in Amphibians. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research: Narins, P.M., Feng, A.S., Fay, R.R. & Popper, A.N. (eds). New York: Springer
  • Mason, M.J. (2006) Evolution of the middle ear apparatus in talpid moles. Journal of Morphology 267: 678-695
  • Mason, M.J. (2003) Morphology of the middle ear of golden moles (Chrysochloridae). Journal of Zoology 260: 391-403