NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Rebecca Jabbour

Assistant Professor Department of Biology Saint Mary's College of California


Ph.D. 2008, City University of New York


Overview of Research

Her interests include human evolution, African ape diversity and skeletal biology and variation. Her research has taken her to museums across the U.S. and Europe, and she has spent four field seasons looking for fossils and stone tools in the Afar Rift Valley of Ethiopia. She also has a special interest in science outreach; while at UC Berkeley, she worked on a human evolution exhibit and hosted science cafes.


Richards GD, Ojeda HM, Jabbour RS, Ibarra CL, Horton CF.  2013.  Bear phalanx traumatically introduced into a living human: prehistoric evidence.  International Journal of Paleopathology 3:48-53.

Richards GD, Jabbour RS, Horton CF, Ibarra CL, MacDowell AA.  2012. Color changes in modern and fossil teeth induced by synchrotron microtomography.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149:172-180.

Richards GD, Jabbour RS.  2011.  Foramen magnum ontogeny in Homo sapiens: a functional matrix perspective.  The Anatomical Record 294:199-216.

Richards, Gary D., Jabbour, Rebecca S. and Anderson, John Y. 2003. Medial mandibular ramus: ontogenetic, idiosyncratic, and geographic variation in recent Homo, great apes, and fossil hominids, British Archaeological Reports International Series.

Jabbour, Rebecca S., Richards, Gary D. and Anderson, John Y. 2002. Mandibular condyle traits in Neanderthals and other Homo: a comparative, correlative, and ontogenetic study, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 119, pg.144-155

Pearman TL and Jabbour RS.  2013.  Patterns of sexual dimorphism in Pan and Gorilla limb bones.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 56:219.

Jabbour RS.  2012.  Differences between eastern and western gorillas in the forelimb and hindlimb skeletons.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 54:173 (abstract)

Jabbour, Rebecca S. 2009. Examining functional interpretations of variation in African ape hand and foot bone morphology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. S48, pg.156 (abstract)

Jabbour, Rebecca S. 2008. Variation among subspecies of Pan troglodytes in limb bone metrics, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. S46, pg.123 (abstract)

Jabbour, Rebecca S. 2007. Patterns of geographic variation in hands and feet of Pan and Gorilla, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. S44, pg.134 (abstract)

Jabbour, Rebecca S. 2006. Differences in hand and foot morphology of eastern gorilla subspecies, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. S42, pg.108-109 (abstract)