Jessica Arbour

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington

ecuador for websiteI am broadly interested in the diversity of form and function in animals. My research so far has focused on using phylogenetic comparative methods to understand the macroevolutionary processes that contribute the morphological diversity of vertebrates.

Previously, I worked on the diversity of shape and function in fishes. During my undergraduate, I examined morphological and genetic differentiation in a pair of sympatric morphotypes of Arctic char from the Canadian High Arctic. During my Ph.D., I studied the diversification of functional traits associated with feeding in Neotropical cichlids. This research included examining morphological convergence, the response of functional diversification to ecological opportunity and relationships between feeding ecology and functional morphology.

My work in the Santana Lab at the University of Washington will focus on the evolution of the mammalian skull and the biomechanics of biting, especially in bats.

Academic positions and education

2016-present – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

2009-2015 – Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

2005-2009 – B.Sc. (Honours) in Marine Biology and Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada


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