My name is Jorge Velez-Juarbe and I am Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals (living and extinct) at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

My main research interest is the morphology, systematics, and biology of fossil and extant marine mammals. Specifically, I wish to understand the dynamics of ancient communities, so I am interested in integrating datasets from living organisms, as well as other groups of fossils, geochemistry, and stratigraphy.

My major ongoing and future projects include:

a) Evolution of Cenozoic marine faunas of the Eastern Pacific region

b) Marine mammals from Central America and the Caribbean

c) Diversity and dynamics of ancient marine mammal herbivore communities

d) Evolution and diversification of early odontocetes and mysticetes

e) Paleobiogeography of Cenozoic vertebrates from the Caribbean region    

Twitter: @VelezJuarbeJ

Jorge Vélez-Juarbe, PhD
Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals
Department of Mammalogy
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Excavating a skull of a cetacean from the late Miocene Chagres Formation, northern Panama.