Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

James V Proffitt

James V Proffitt
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2017
B.S., Zoology/Paleobiology, UC Santa Barbara, 2012

Office: JGB 3.308
Mailcode: C1160


My current research focuses on vertebrate evolutionary morphology and systematics, particularly in the modern birds and their extinct relatives. Specifically, I am interested in the patterns of morphological and ecological disparity in vertebrates, and how fossils can inform our understanding of the processes and circumstances that generated this disparity. Secondarily, I have a strong interest in locomotor biomechanics and physiology of living species of vertebrates and how these behaviors evolve. I am also interested in comparative phylogenetic methods and their utility in investigating the evolution vertebrate form and function.

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