The 2017 Junior Technical Meeting (JTM) and the Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Meeting (PRISM) will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao on April 29, 2017. JTM and PRISM are the Island’s largest annual scientific forum for undergraduate and graduate STEM students to present their research projects to peers and faculty members.
The invited plenary speaker is Jorge Vélez-Juarbe, PhD, Mammalogy Assistant Curator, holds a PhD from Howard University, where he studied the morphology, systematics, and paleobiology of fossil sirenians and cetaceans. After receiving his doctorate in 2012, Dr. Velez-Juarbe held Post-Doctoral Associate positions at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and at California State University Fullerton. Now, Dr. Velez-Juarbe held a position as Mammalogy and Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals at the Los Angeles National History Museum. Dr. Velez-Juarbe's appointment involves curatorial responsibility for both out fossil and extant marine mammal collections.
Some of his current projects include: diversity and dynamics of ancient marine mammal herbivore communities, marine mammals from Central America and the Caribbean, Evolution of Cenozoic marine faunas of the Eastern Pacific region, Evolution and diversification of early odontocetes and mysticetes, and paleobiogeography of Cenozoic vertebrates from the Caribbean region.
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2017