Jessie Atterholt

Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

309 E. Second Street

Pomona, CA 91766-1854


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Peer-Reviewed Publications

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J. Atterholt, J. H. Hutchison, J. K. O'Connor. 2018. The most complete enantiornithine from North America and a phylogenetic analysis of the Avisauridae. PeerJ 6:e5910; DOI10.7717/peerj.5910

J.K. O'Connor, D. Li, M.C. Lamanna, M. Wang, J.D. Harris, J. Atterholt, H. You. 2016. A new Early Cretaceous enantiornithine (Aves, Ornithothoraces) from northwestern China with elaborate tail ornamentationJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36(1), e1054035.

R.L. Nudds, J. Atterholt, X. Wang, H. You, G.J. Dyke. 2013. Locomotory abilities and habitat of the Cretaceous bird Gansus yumenensis inferred from limb length proportions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26 (1), 150-154.

S. Ji, J. Atterholt, J.K. O'Connor, M.C. Lamanna, J.D. Harris, D. Li, H. You, P. Dodson. 2011. A new, three-dimensionally preserved enantiornithine bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from Gansu Province, north-western China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 162(1), 201-219.

H. You, J. Atterholt, J.K. O'Connor, J.D. Harris, M.C. Lamanna, D. Li. 2010. A second Cretaceous ornithuromorph bird from the Changma Basin, Gansu Province, northwestern China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55 (4), 617-625.


Select Abstracts & Presentations

J. Atterholt & M. Wedel. 2018. A CT-based survey of supramedullary diverticula in extant birds. 66th Symposium on Vertebrate Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy, Programs and Abstracts:30 / PeerJ Preprints 6:e27201v2.

J. Atterholt. 2015. A study of the influence of post-natal development on avian evolution. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(suppl.3):81A.

J. Atterholt. 2013. Dissecting Dinosaurs: the use of research specimens in high school biology classrooms to engage students as citizen scientists and promote scientific literacy. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(suppl.3):80A.

J. Atterholt. 2011. Evolution of the avialan altricial-precocial spectrum and implications for enantiornithine development. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(suppl.3):64—65A.

J. Atterholt, J. O’Connor, J. Harris, H. You, D. Li. 2010. Avian taxonomic diversity and anatomical disparity in the Lower Cretaceous Xiagou Formation of the Changma Basin, Gansu Province, People’s Republic of China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(suppl.3):55A.

M. Lamanna, D. Li, J. Harris, J. Atterholt, H. You. 2010. First non-avian dinosaur from the lower Cretaceous (Aptian) Xiagou Formation of the Changma Basin, northwestern China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(suppl.3):119A.



Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley

August 2009 - May 2015

Department of Integrative Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Museum of Paleontology
Advised by: Dr. Marvalee Wake & Dr. David Lindberg


B.A. - University of Pennsylvania

August 2005 - May 2009

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Advised by: Dr. Peter Dodson & Dr. Herman Pfefferkorn


Academic Appointments


Assistant Professor

June 2018 - Present

Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, USA


The Webb Schools, Claremont, CA, USA

June 2015 - June 2018

Research Fellow

August 2014 - May 2015

Joseph Maillard Graduate Fellowship
University of California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley, CA

Graduate Student Instructor

Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley

August 2009 - May 2014

Science Education & Outreach Work

Teaching Fellow - Junior Scholar’s Paleontology Program; The Webb Schools, Claremont, CA.
July 2015, July 2016, July 2017

Volunteer Instructor - Bay Area Scientists in Schools.
March 2010 - May 2015

Head Facilitator - Anatomy Enrichment Program (IB198), Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley.
Spring 2014

Instructor - Girls Educational and Mentoring Services After-School Program.
October 2011; March 2012


Grants & Awards

University of California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Joseph Maillard Graduate Fellowship - 2014

University of California Department of Integrative Biology Summer Research Fund - 2013

University of California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Graduate Student Research Fund - 2013

Jurassic Foundation Research Grant - 2012


Professional Affiliations

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

International Society for Plastination


Professional Service

PeerJ Ambassador