Anne-Claire Fabre – Journal of Zoology Weblog

I’m an evolutionary purposeful morphologist with a deep curiosity within the understanding of the variety of life. A significant aim in my analysis is to disentangle the affect of the totally different inside (e.g., improvement) and exterior (e.g., setting, local weather) components shaping the previous and the present variety 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 muscle groups based mostly on specimens from museum collections) within the context of operate (feeding and locomotion), habits, and improvement. I additionally combine totally different approaches from a number of fields of biology to quantitatively hyperlink morphology, habits, and performance in a number of teams of vertebrates with the intention to make clear the evolution and paleoecology of extinct species.

I’ve labored in 5 totally different international locations (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 family) specifically, in addition to Primates (people, lemurs, orang-outangs, gorillas, chimpanzees and family), marsupials (kangaroos, opossums and family), and Caudata (salamanders and newts). Lately, I used to be awarded an ERC Beginning Grant to start out my analysis group. The goal of my ERC-SERI undertaking is to know why metamorphosis is so frequent in animals and whether or not it is a bonus for them to have the ability to produce totally 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 purposeful morphology within the journal (and never solely on vertebrates as these analysis questions might be broadly utilized to all animals!). My prime priorities might be to take care of 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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