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My name is Jorge Velez-Juarbe and I am Associate 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.

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

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

Contact Information

Email: jvelezjuar@nhm.org

Twitter: @VelezJuarbeJ

Jorge VĂ©lez-Juarbe, PhD

Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals

Department of Mammalogy

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90007