Anne-Claire Fabre – Journal of Zoology Weblog

Anne-Claire Fabre – Journal of Zoology Weblog

I’m an evolutionary useful morphologist with a deep curiosity within the understanding of the range of life. A serious objective in my analysis is to disentangle the influence of the completely different inner (e.g., improvement) and exterior (e.g., surroundings, local weather) elements shaping the previous and the present range of organisms and the way it pertains to operate (e.g., feeding and locomotion). To take action, I take advantage of cross-disciplinary approaches, combining specimen-based work with in vivo research (in zoos and within the discipline), in addition to quantitative analyses of the musculoskeletal system (bone and muscular tissues based mostly on specimens from museum collections) within the context of operate (feeding and locomotion), habits, and improvement. I additionally combine completely different approaches from a number of fields of biology to quantitatively hyperlink morphology, habits, and performance in a number of teams of vertebrates as a way to make clear the evolution and paleoecology of extinct species.

I’ve labored in 5 completely different nations (France, UK, USA, Switzerland and Germany) and primarily in museums (MNHN, Paris, France; NHM, London, UK; Paläontologisches Institute und Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; MfN, Berlin Germany). Since June 2022, I’m the mammal curator on the Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern in addition to an assistant professor on the Institute of Ecology & Evolution on the college of Bern (Switzerland). I work with Carnivora (canines, cats, otters, badgers, bears and kinfolk) particularly, in addition to Primates (people, lemurs, orang-outangs, gorillas, chimpanzees and kinfolk), marsupials (kangaroos, opossums and kinfolk), and Caudata (salamanders and newts). Just lately, I used to be awarded an ERC Beginning Grant to begin my analysis group. The goal of my ERC-SERI venture is to know why metamorphosis is so widespread in animals and whether or not it is a bonus for them to have the ability to produce completely different morphologies compared to animals that don’t present metamorphosis (together with mammals like us, for instance), particularly within the context of environmental and local weather change.

I’ve been a reviewer for a number of journals, and I’m now very glad to take part within the editorial facet with the Journal of Zoology. As an affiliate editor I hope to encourage evolutionary useful morphology within the journal (and never solely on vertebrates as these analysis questions may be extensively utilized to all animals!). My prime priorities might be to keep up the excessive customary of scientific publication whereas dealing with the manuscripts well timed, in respect of the reviewers’ competences and schedule.

Anne-Claire Fabre – Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern / Universität Bern

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