Jorge Velez-Juarbe is a research collaborator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a postdoctoral associate at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where he studies fossil marine mammals from Florida and Panama.
His research focuses on the systematics of sirenian (seacows) and cetaceans (dolphins and whales) fossils, the paleoecology of extinct herbivorous marine mammals, the neotropical record of marine mammals and the origins of the Greater Antillean land mammals fauna. Velez-Juarbe was part of the 2012 expedition to document the fossils found at the Cerro Ballena site in Chile. His expertise in herbivorous marine mammals and vertebrate paleontology of the Americas was critical to the research.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Velez-Juarbe has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctorate degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is joining California State University, Fullerton as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in April 2014.
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