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Scott Edwards


Place of Work:

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Areas of Study:

Education, Research


Scott Edwards is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Scott is an evolutionary biologist, with diverse interests in molecular evolution, phylogenetics, comparative genomics and population genetics. His research uses birds as model systems, focusing on their evolutionary history, phylogeography and genome evolution. His current work focuses on using phylogenetic trees and statistical models to link genomic and phenotypic variation. Scott has served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists, and has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. From 2013-2015 Scott served as Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the US National Science Foundation, where he facilitated funding in areas such as undergraduate research experiences, supporting biological collections and major infrastructure and bioinformatics.

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