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Dr. Susan Finkbeiner

Dr. Susan Finkbeiner is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, with an upcoming appointment as a visiting assistant professor of biology at Pepperdine University. She holds a B.Sc. in entomology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Irvine. She is a National Geographic Explorer and Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution. Her current research involves a comprehensive analysis of the evolutionary mechanisms that are responsible for animal diversification and speciation, while using RNA sequencing and other technological advances for her research. Her previous research has focused on how natural and sexual selection work together to favor the evolution of animal appearance and its relation to behavior, and how visual systems co-evolve with visual signals. She specifically uses tropical butterflies as her study animal and spent several years carrying out her research projects in the jungles of Central and South America.

Dr. Finkbeiner’s research publications have been cited over 100 times in national and international scientific journals, and she has been featured in BBC’s Science & Tech Magazine, People Magazine, National Geographic, and Smithsonian News, in addition to a recent TV documentary with PBS Nature and other well-recognized science news sources. In her free time she loves to surf, snowboard, and model professionally during Fashion Week.