Acadia grad Greg Edgecombe elected to Royal Society in Britain

Dr. Greg Edgecombe, alumnus of the Geology class of 1985, was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society on May 9. Greg works at the Natural History Museum in London, England and is considered one of the world's foremost paleontologists.

"It's tremendously flattering. Being elected by an extremely distinguished group of one's peers because they consider your body of work to have the excellence and impact befitting Fellowship is the ultimate accolade for a scientist," said Edgecombe in an email.

Formed in 1660, the Royal Society is the world's oldest independent scientific academy. The London-based organization's mission is to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Nominees are assessed in special panels and on a typical year 600 to 700 candidates are considered, of which up to 52 are elected. 

Greg graduated from Riverview High School in 1981, before coming to Acadia University where he earned his BSc in Geology with Honours. He then did an MSc at the University of Alberta and PhD at Columbia University in New York.

He attributes the start of his paleontological success story to his undergraduate experience at Acadia. "An inspiring teacher, Reg Moore, gave me the keys to the fossil collection and let me set up office amidst the cabinets. This was the first time I saw that research had no limits, and it got me hooked on natural history collections", he said. "In 1987, I was accepted for a PhD in what then felt to me like the Temple of Zeus, the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I was given access to remarkable collections from Bolivia and Brazil”

Edgecombe's professional resume is just as impressive as his academic one. He earlier worked as a researcher at the Australia Museum in Sydney, and his current job titles include Research Leader and Merit Researcher at the Natural History Museum, and an Associate in Invertebrate Zoology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

[Information extracted from an article in the Moncton Times & Transcript]

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