PhD Student, Vertebrate Paleontology
Jeanette Pirlo is a part of the MacFadden Lab at the University of Florida, in the Vertebrate Paleontology range of Florida Museum of Natural History. She studies a group of extinct elephant relatives, Gomphotheres and Mastodons, that once roamed Florida and are found as fossils at her locality of interest, approximately 5-6 million years ago. Jeanette’s work focuses broadly on understanding the paleoecology of Central Florida during the Late Miocene, during a period of time before sea levels began to rise and flood the Florida platform. Her research will help inform how Florida’s environments may be affected by modern sea level changes and the potential effects on Florida’s biosphere.