Jann Vendetti

Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research & Assistant Curator, Malacology

Ph.D. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 2009
B.A. Biology & Geology, Colgate University, 2001

Jann is the first Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research at NHM. She began in 2014 after a postdoctoral research position in Pat Krug's lab at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to that she received her Ph.D. with Carole Hickman in the UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology where she studied living and fossil gastropods. Jann is interested in the evolutionary biology and systematics of buccinid gastropods and sacoglossan sea slugs.

Recently she has been assessing the historical biodiversity of terrestrial gastropods in Los Angeles county and working with volunteer citizen scientists to understand the influence of urbanization on these animals. Jann considers herself primarily an evolutionary biologist and malacologist, with research experience and interest in invertebrate paleontology. Jann works with Collections Manager Lindsey Groves to maintain and improve the world-class NHM Malacology collection.

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