Jessica A MaisanoResearch Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
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