Rebecca Jabbour

Overview

Department: 
School of Science » Biology
School of Science » Environmental and Earth Science
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Brousseau Hall - 232

Phone
925-631-8208

Education

  • Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, City University of New York, 2008
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Courses Taught

  • Theory of Evolution
  • Human Anatomy
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Organisms and Evolution
  • General Biology
  • Ethiopia: History, Culture, and Community Engagement (Jan Term travel)
  • Collegiate Seminar: Roman, Early Christian and Medieval Thought

Service

Saint Mary's College - elected
January Term Committee (Fall 2014 - Spring 2016)
Core Curriculum Committee (April 2011 - May 2013)
Committee on Teaching and Scholarship (September 2010 - August 2012)

Saint Mary's College - appointed or invited (partial list)
Faculty Advisor - First Year Advisory Cohort (2010-11, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Honors Program Advisory Board (Fall 2010 - present)
Engaged Teaching Advisory Council (Fall 2013 – Spring 2015)

Professional Community

Meetings and Workshops
AAPA Student Awards Committee (2016)
Co-organizer, Anatomy in Anthropology Student Award, American Association of Anatomists and American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2014-15)
Judge, Anatomy in Anthropology Student Award, American Association of Anatomists and American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012, 2013, 2015)
Panelist, Anatomy Education and Career Workshop, American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting (2012)
Presenter, “Think Evolution II: A Summer Institute for Science Educators,” University of California Museum of Paleontology (2010)
Session Chair, “Growing Up Primate: Human and Nonhuman Craniofacial Ontogeny and Biomechanics,” American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting (2010)

Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals
Yearbook of Physical Anthropology
Collegium Antropologicum

Presentations

Presented by SMC students

  • Baynes R and Jabbour R.  2015.  Functional morphology of the distal humerus in mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) and western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Paulson B and Jabbour R.  2015.  Testing hypotheses about adaptations of the distal humerus in chimpanzees and bonobos.  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Paulson B and Jabbour R.  2015.  Testing hypotheses about adaptations of the distal humerus in chimpanzees and bonobos.  Poster presentation at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Axelrod JC, Varghese RE, Burke EM, Ding J, Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  2014.  Mycobacterium tuberculosis in prehistoric California: A review of evidence and paleoepidemiological comparisons of impacted and related populations.  Podium presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Pearman TL and Jabbour RS.  2013.  Patterns of sexual dimorphism in chimpanzee and gorilla limb bones.  Poster presentation at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Publications

Peer-reviewed research papers

Monographs

  • Richards GD, Jabbour RS, Anderson JY.  2003.  Medial mandibular ramus: ontogenetic, idiosyncratic, and geographic variation in recent Homo, great apes, and fossil hominids.  Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series.

Peer-reviewed published abstracts for conference presentations

*SMC student

  • Jabbour RS, *Baynes R.  2016.  Distal humerus morphology and ecological variation among Gorilla subspecies.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 62:182-183.
  • Becker DE, Castellon-Hinkle N, Cirillo LE, Burke EM, Ding J, Jabbour RS, and Richards GD.  2015.  Impacts of the number and types of teeth employed in assessing developmental ages from skeletal samples.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 60:81.
  • Becker DE, Castellon-Hinkle N, Cirillo LE, Burke EM, Ding J, Jabbour RS, and Richards GD.  2015.  Impacts of the number and types of teeth employed in assessing developmental ages from skeletal samples.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 60:81.
  • Ding J, Cirillo LE, McGough AM, Jabbour RS, and Richards GD.  2015.  Facial shape in trigonocephaly: A metric and geometric morphometric assessment.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 60:121.
  • *Pearman TL and Jabbour RS.  2015.  Testing functional hypotheses about variation in African ape scapulae using 3D geometric morphometrics.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 60: 249-250.
  • *Axelrod JC, Varghese RE, Burke EM, Ding J, Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  2014.  Mycobacterium tuberculosis in prehistoric California: A review of evidence and paleoepidemiological comparisons of impacted and related populations.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 58:70.
  • Cirillo LE, McGough AM, Ding J, Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  2014.  Geometric morphometric assessment of cranial shape change in trigonocephaly.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 58:94.
  • Kotesova S, Oelerich KP, McGough AM, Ding J, Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  2014.  The interface between biology and culture: Description of a culturally deformed microcephalic cranium.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 58:160.
  • McGough AM, Cirillo LE, Ding J, Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  2014.  Skull and brain anatomy of a trigonocephalic juvenile: Description of the first known prehistoric case.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 58:181.
  • *Pearman TL and Jabbour RS.  2013.  Patterns of sexual dimorphism in Pan and Gorilla limb bones.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 56:219.
  • Burke EM, Varghese RE, Bulger EA, Ibarra CL, Ojeda HM, Jabbour RS, and Richards GD.  2013.  Co-occurrence of tuberculosis and an unusual rheumatoid-like arthritis in prehistoric Central California.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 56:90.
  • Jabbour RS.  2012.  Differences between eastern and western gorillas in the forelimb and hindlimb skeletons.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 54:173.
  • Richards GD, Jabbour RS, Ibarra CL, Horton CF, Asadi H.  2012.  Miocene-to-Recent evolution of the hominin foramen magnum.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 54:248.
  • Richards GD, Jabbour RS.  2011.  Ontogenetic constraints on fluid and air filled spaces of the human craniofacial complex.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 52:253.
  • Horton CF, Richards GD, Jabbour RS, Ibarra CL.  2011.  Isolated hominid cranial fragments from the Omo River Basin: 1969-1975 collections.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 52:167.
  • Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  2010.  Foramen magnum growth in modern humans: the ventral component.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 50:133.
  • Ibarra CL, Richards GD, Jabbour RS, Horton CF.  2010.  Metric, morphologic, and functional analysis of frontal bone ontogeny in Homo sapiens.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 50:132.
  • Horton CF, Richards GD, White TD, MacDowell A, Jabbour RS, Nasiatka J.  2010.  Color centers induced in dental enamel during synchrotron microcomputed tomography: phase I assessment.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 50:131.
  • Jabbour RS.  2009.  Examining functional interpretations of variation in African ape hand and foot bone morphology.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 48:156.
  • Jabbour RS.  2008.  Variation among subspecies of Pan troglodytes in limb bone metrics.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 46:123.
  • Jabbour RS.  2007.  Patterns of geographic variation in hands and feet of Pan and Gorilla.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 44:134.
  • Jabbour RS.  2006.  Differences in hand and foot morphology of eastern gorilla subspecies.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 42:108-109.
  • Richards GD, Jabbour RS, Standen S.  2005.  Foramen magnum ontogeny and evolution in humans, great apes, and fossil hominids.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 40:175.
  • Jabbour RS, Richards GD.  1998.  Condylar region morphology in Neandertal mandibles: issues of ontogeny, homology and interpretation.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 26:127.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 
  • Research
    • human evolution
    • African ape evolution and diversity
    • skeletal biology and variation
  • Fieldwork
    • Middle Awash Project, Ethiopia (paleontology, archaeology)
    • Kesem Kebena Dulecha Project, Ethiopia (paleontology, archaeology)
Pedagogical Interests: 
  • primate behavioral ecology
  • Ethiopian history and cultures