Evolution of key innovations in marine mammals

Assistant Professor & Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

About Carlos

I am a paleontologist specializing in the evolutionary history of marine mammals. My research has two fundamental goals: to investigate the origins of key innovations in marine mammals, and to document their evolutionary history using cutting edge 3D imaging and modeling techniques. My interests span broadly from geology, biology, morphology, systematics, ecology, and comparative anatomy of both extinct and extant marine mammals.

At present, I am based at the University of Michigan as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology and a University of Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar. Here, I study how living in a marine environment changes feeding strategies in marine mammals to better understand the limitations placed on mammalian feeding by changing environments. This work combines new techniques such as high resolution CT scanning and 3D modeling of fossils with traditional methods and data from paleontology, geology, & gross anatomy.    |    |    @CMPeredo

recent work

9. Peredo, C.M., N.D. Pyenson, C.D. Marshall, and M.D. Uhen. 2018. Tooth loss precedes the origin of baleen in whales. Current Biology 28, 1–9  VIEW

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I served as co-PI, along with Mark D. Uhen, for a project mentoring George Mason undergraduate student Brenlee Shipps through early career research. Brenlee received a grant through the Students and Scholars initiative created by the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR). Brenlee is supplementing the open access information in the Paleobiology Database with additional data from the literature in an effort to establish a link between fossil mysticetes and paleoenvironment. For more information on Brenlee’s excellent work, or OSCAR mentorships, visit their webpage.

current affiliations


George Mason University, PhD, 2019 

George Mason University, MS, 2015 

Seton Hill University, BS, 2012

University of Michigan
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology

Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Research Associate