Dr. Andrea B. Taylor Named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Evolution

A leader in the field of evolutionary anthropology, Dr. Andrea B. Taylor, Professor of Basic Science in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was recently named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Evolution, the most prestigious scientific journal in the field of human evolution, with a central focus aimed at new paleoanthropological findings that shed light on human and non-human primate evolution.

Dr. Andrea Taylor“Often, to say something meaningful about our evolution as humans, we have to not only look at the fossil remains of early humans but to our non-human ancestry as well,” she said.

Dr. Taylor will serve as the journal’s American Editor-in-Chief, replacing Dr. Michael J. Plavcan (USA) and sharing the role with her European counterpart, Dr. David M. Alba (Spain).

As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Taylor will play a key role in the selection of manuscripts for publication in this leading international journal. Her goal is to continue to increase the journal’s impact factor and scientific ranking —a score that reflects the number of times articles published in the journal are cited. Dr. Taylor also underscored that in her role as Editor-in-Chief, she is committed to promoting equity and inclusion both on the Editorial Board and in terms of authorship, to ensure that the highest quality science is published and a diverse range of voices in the field is heard.

Dr. Taylor emphasized that she was truly honored to be joining the ranks of leading scientists in the field of evolutionary anthropology who came before her to serve as editors-in-chief for this journal. Included among them is TUC Professor and Vice Chair of Basic Science, Dr. Mark Teaford.

“One of the most exciting aspects about assuming this role is that is you’re going to have an important influence in moving the field forward,” said Dr. Taylor.

Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the evolution and biomechanics of the skull with a particular focus on how the physiology and anatomy of the feeding system relate to feeding performance. She served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Human Evolution from 2005-2009 and then again from 2011-2013. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and currently directs the Musculoskeletal Design and Performance Lab.