Julia A Clarke
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Jackson School of Geosciences
Julia Clarke is John A. Wilson Professor in Vertebrate Paleontology in the Jackson School of Geosciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Her research focuses on using phylogenetic methods and diverse data types to gain insight into the evolution of birds, avian flight and the co-option of the flight stroke for underwater diving. She is particularly interested in understanding shared patterns and potential causal factors in the evolution of living bird lineages. Recently, her work is focused on unravelling the origin and evolution of the avian vocal organ.
The Clarke Lab seeks new data to inform how avian diversity and distributions have changed across their deep histories. International collaborations and fieldwork (e.g., in Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, Mongolia and China) provide new fossil data to approach these questions.