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Brandon Kilbourne


Place of Work:

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Berlin Museum of Natural History)

Areas of Study:



My research focuses on the evolution of adaptations for locomotion by integrating biomechanics and phylogenetics. To sample anatomical data—such as that from bones and muscles—for a wide range of species, museum collections are inseparable from my research. Currently my work is centered on mammals, with particular focus on the weasels (e.g., weasels, badgers, martens, otters, polecats). However, my previous research has focused on mammals more broadly, as well as non-avian dinosaurs and birds.

In addition to my career as a biologist, I am pursuing a second career as a poet. Some of my poetry explores the association between natural history and racist structures, including colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.

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