Skip to content

Anne-Claire Fabre – Journal of Zoology Weblog


    I’m an evolutionary useful morphologist with a deep curiosity within the understanding of the range of life. A significant aim in my analysis is to disentangle the impression of the totally different inner (e.g., growth) and exterior (e.g., surroundings, local weather) components shaping the previous and the present range of organisms and the way it pertains to perform (e.g., feeding and locomotion). To take action, I take advantage of cross-disciplinary approaches, combining specimen-based work with in vivo research (in zoos and within the area), in addition to quantitative analyses of the musculoskeletal system (bone and muscular tissues primarily based on specimens from museum collections) within the context of perform (feeding and locomotion), conduct, and growth. I additionally combine totally different approaches from a number of fields of biology to quantitatively hyperlink morphology, conduct, and performance in a number of teams of vertebrates as a way to make clear the evolution and paleoecology of extinct species.

    I’ve labored in 5 totally different international locations (France, UK, USA, Switzerland and Germany) and primarily in museums (MNHN, Paris, France; NHM, London, UK; Paläontologisches Institute und Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; MfN, Berlin Germany). Since June 2022, I’m the mammal curator on the Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern in addition to an assistant professor on the Institute of Ecology & Evolution on the college of Bern (Switzerland). I work with Carnivora (canine, cats, otters, badgers, bears and family) specifically, in addition to Primates (people, lemurs, orang-outangs, gorillas, chimpanzees and family), marsupials (kangaroos, opossums and family), and Caudata (salamanders and newts). Not too long ago, I used to be awarded an ERC Beginning Grant to start out my analysis group. The intention of my ERC-SERI venture is to know why metamorphosis is so widespread in animals and whether or not it is a bonus for them to have the ability to produce totally different morphologies compared to animals that don’t present metamorphosis (together with mammals like us, for instance), particularly within the context of environmental and local weather change.

    I’ve been a reviewer for a number of journals, and I’m now very glad to take part within the editorial aspect with the Journal of Zoology. As an affiliate editor I hope to encourage evolutionary useful morphology within the journal (and never solely on vertebrates as these analysis questions could be broadly utilized to all animals!). My high priorities will likely be to keep up the excessive customary of scientific publication whereas dealing with the manuscripts well timed, in respect of the reviewers’ competences and schedule.

    Anne-Claire Fabre – Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern / Universität Bern