Julia Clarke is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a John A. Wilson Centennial Fellow in Vertebrate Paleontology and a member of the Graduate Faculty in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at UT.

She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and a B.A. (comparative literature and geobiology) from Brown University. She currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Anatomy and is an associate editor of Paleobiology. She has published numerous technical papers, including 9 in Nature or Science, and has been recognized for excellence in research, undergraduate teaching, and outreach.  


Current Research Grants and Fellowships

  • 2014–2016 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
    The evolution of avian vocalization: An integrative approach utilizing the fossil record, physiology of vocal behavior, and comparative transcriptomics (J. Clarke, T. Reide, F. Goller, C. Tabin).


  • Provost's Teaching Fellow
    The University of Texas, 2016
  • Humboldt Research Award
    Humboldt Foundation, 2016
  • Outstanding Research Award
    Jackson School of Geosciences, 2013
  • Knebel Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award
    Jackson School of Geosciences, 2012
  • Gigapan Science Outreach Fellow
    Fine Foundation/NASA/Carnegie Mellon Robotics, 2010
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Engaged in Outreach Award
    North Carolina State University, 2008
  • NSF Research Highlights
    OISE Directorates, 2007
  • Distinguished Alumna
    Argentine Fulbright Commission, 50th anniversary volume, 2006
  • G.G. Simpson Award
    Yale University, 2006
  • Sigma Xi Full Associate Member
    Brown University, 2004
  • Orville Prize for best dissertation in the Earth Sciences
    Yale University, 2001
  • G.G. Simpson Award
    Yale University, 2001
  • Hutchinson Prize Fellowship for Biospheric Studies
    Yale Institute, 2000
  • Estwing Hammer Prize for outstanding research in Geology
    Yale University, 2000
  • Henry Gardiner Ferguson Fellowship in Geology
    Yale University, 1999
  • Graduate Student Fellowship
    National Science Foundation, 1997–2000
  • Arnold Prize Fellowship for undergraduate achievement and an original research project ($15,000; declined to accept Fulbright Grant)
    Brown University, 1995