Dr. Mairin Balisi tracks the evolution of mammalian carnivore communities in deep time, particularly under scenarios of environmental change, using evidence from fossils. She joined the Alf Museum as the Augustyn Family Curator in 2022.
Previously, Dr. Balisi was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum in Los Angeles, California, U.S., and concurrently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Merced.
In 2018, Dr. Balisi earned her doctorate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), during which time she was also a graduate student in residence in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
In addition to conducting doctoral research, at UCLA Dr. Balisi taught introductory ecology and behavior, vertebrate morphology, and mathematics for the life sciences. Previously, Dr. Balisi earned a master’s, also in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, Dr. Balisi double-majored in Integrative Biology and Comparative Literature (Japanese and Russian) while scrubbing small carnivoran bones at the University of California, Berkeley.