Gregory Edgecombe

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Greg Edgecombe

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Gregory Edgecombe at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Gregory Donald Edgecombe
Alma materAcadia University (BSc)
University of Alberta (MSc)[1]
Columbia University (PhD)[2]
AwardsFenner Medal (2004)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Alberta
Australian Museum
Natural History Museum, London
ThesisSystematic studies on the trilobite order Phacopida (1991)
Doctoral advisorNiles Eldredge[2]

Gregory Donald Edgecombe FRS[4] is a merit researcher in the department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum, London.[5][6] He is a leading figure in understanding the evolution of arthropods, their position in animal evolution and the integration of fossil data into analyses of animal phylogeny.[4] As a palaeontologist, he is also an authority on the systematics of centipedes – and a morphologist whose work contributes to the growth and methods of analysis of molecular datasets for inferring evolutionary relationships.[4][3][7]


Edgecombe was educated at Columbia University where he received a PhD in 1991 for systematic studies on the trilobite order Phacopida supervised by Niles Eldredge at the American Museum of Natural History.[2]

Career and research[edit]

After his PhD, Edgecombe was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta, and worked as a researcher at the Australian Museum in Sydney for 14 years.[4] In 2007 he took up the position of research leader at the Natural History Museum, London, where since 2013 he has been a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) merit researcher.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Edgecombe was awarded the president's medal by the Palaeontological Association in 2011 and the Fenner Medal for distinguished research in biology by the Australian Academy of Science in 2004.[4] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018.[4]


  1. ^ Greg Edgecombe's Entry at ORCID
  2. ^ a b c Edgecombe, Gregory Donald (1991). Systematic studies on the trilobite order Phacopida (PhD thesis). Columbia University. OCLC 933526770.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gregory Edgecombe publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2018). "Dr Gregory Edgecombe FRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2018-06-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  5. ^ "Dr Greg Edgecombe". Natural History Museum.
  6. ^ Gregory Edgecombe publications from Europe PubMed Central
  7. ^ Dunn, Casey W.; Hejnol, Andreas; Matus, David Q.; Pang, Kevin; Browne, William E.; Smith, Stephen A.; Seaver, Elaine; Rouse, Greg W.; Obst, Matthias; Edgecombe, Gregory D.; Sørensen, Martin V.; Haddock, Steven H. D.; Schmidt-Rhaesa, Andreas; Okusu, Akiko; Kristensen, Reinhardt Møbjerg; Wheeler, Ward C.; Martindale, Mark Q.; Giribet, Gonzalo (2008). "Broad phylogenomic sampling improves resolution of the animal tree of life". Nature. 452 (7188): 745–749. doi:10.1038/nature06614. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 18322464. closed access

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