Dr. Maisano came to The University of Texas in January 2000 after completing her Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology at Yale University. She is a research scientist associate in the High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility (UTCT). Jessie has overseen the implementation of Digital Morphology: An NSF Digital Library (www.DigiMorph.org). This ongoing project involves the construction of an online resource of high-resolution CT-based imagery of a broad diversity of fossil and Recent organisms; currently, the site features almost 700 specimens. Since 2004 Jessie has been a collaborator on Deep Scaly, a project focusing on higher-level systematics of squamates (lizards, snakes, amphisbaenians) that is part of NSF's Assembling the Tree of Life initiative.

Areas of Expertise

Vertebrate paleontology, herpetology, morphology, developmental biology, high-resolution x-ray computed tomography, digital morphology, DigiMorph.org


Member, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Member, Herpetologists League

Member, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Member, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology