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Gregory Edgecombe

Gregory Edgecombe

Dr Gregory Edgecombe FRS


Elected: 2018


Greg Edgecombe is a leading figure in understanding evolutionary interrelationships within Arthropoda, the most species-rich animal phylum over the past 520 million years, the position of arthropods in animal evolution, and the integration of fossil data into analyses of animal phylogeny. A palaeontologist, he is also an authority on systematic biology of a large group of living arthropods in tropical forests – centipedes – and a morphologist whose work contributes to the growth and methods of analysis of molecular datasets for inferring deep evolutionary relationships.

He received a PhD from Columbia University in 1991, conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta, and worked as a Researcher at the Australian Museum for 14 years. In 2007 he took up the position of Research Leader at The Natural History Museum (London), where since 2013 he has been a NERC Merit Researcher.

Greg is recipient of the Palaeontological Association’s President’s Medal (2011) and the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal for Distinguished Research in Biology (2004).

Professional positions

Merit Researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum
Merit Researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Evolution, Taxonomy and systematics


Phylogenetic methods, Cambrian animal evolution, Invertebrates phylogeny, Arthropod fossil record, Arthrpoda, Myriapoda

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