Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology
Curator of Ornithology
Museum of Comparative Zoology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Presentation Title: “Genomes, Feathers and Flight: Biodiversity and Evolution through the Lens of Genomics”
Scott Edwards is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and curator of ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He came to Harvard in December 2003 after serving as a faculty member for nine years in the zoology department and the Burke Museum at the University of Washington.
Edwards earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986 and his PhD from the Department of Zoology, University of California–Berkeley, in 1992. He conducted postdoctoral research in avian disease genetics at the University of Florida. He has conducted fieldwork throughout the United States, Australia, and the Pacific region and has interests in many aspects of avian biology, including evolutionary history and biogeography, disease ecology, and population genetics.
He has served on National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration, the senior advisory board of the U.S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), and the advisory boards of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.
Edwards oversees a program funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the diversity of undergraduates in evolutionary biology and biodiversity science. He is currently serving as director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Biology Directorate of the National Science Foundation.