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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Orange
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Western United States
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1963
Birth Location:
Honolulu, Hawaii

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Orange
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Western United States
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1963
Birth Location:
Honolulu
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Biography

Biologist Scott Edwards was born on July 7, 1963 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but he grew up in Riverdale in the Bronx, New York City. From an early age, Edwards was interested in natural history. Before graduating from Harvard University in 1986 with his B.A. degree in biology, he worked at the environmental institute Wave Hill. While earning his undergraduate degree, Edwards took a year off to volunteer at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where he was first exposed to the world of museum research on birds. Upon graduation, Edwards was accepted into the University of California, Berkeley where he worked with bird evolution and graduated with his Ph.D. degree in zoology in 1992. His dissertation focused on songbirds from Australia and New Guinea – using DNA to track their movements and population differences.

Edwards then moved to the University of Florida where he completed an Alfred P. Sloan postdoctoral fellowship in molecular evolution studying avian genetics. In 1994, Edwards joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle where he became an Assistant Professor of Zoology and Curator of Genetic Resources at the University’s Burke Museum. He left in 2003 to assume a professorial position at Harvard University in organismic and evolutionary biology as well as Curator of Ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Edwards’ work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. He has also served on panels for both of the organizations as well as on the advisory board of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina. Edwards served on the editorial boards for the journals Molecular Biology and Evolution , Evolution, Systematic Biology and Conservation Genetics. He has published over 100 papers since the beginning of his undergraduate career. In 2010, Edwards was invited to co-host the six-part SyFy series Beast Legends, reconstructing what mythological creatures may have looked like based on first-person accounts, archaeological evidence, and scientific data.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Scott Edwards describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Scott Edwards talks about Hawaii
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Scott Edwards talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Scott Edwards describes his father's medical practice in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Scott Edwards describes the neighborhoods where he was raised in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Scott Edwards describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Scott Edwards describes the sights and sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Scott Edwards describes his grade school in Manhattan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Scott Edwards describes his earliest experiences with science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Scott Edwards talks about his favorite teachers in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Scott Edwards discusses sports, religion, and the outdoors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Scott Edwards describes his interest in bird-watching
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Scott Edwards describes his performance in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Scott Edwards talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Scott Edwards describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Scott Edwards talks about his decision to major in biology in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Scott Edwards describes his experience at Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Scott Edwards describes his experience at Wave Hill, an environmental center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Scott Edwards explains the history of evolutionary biology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Scott Edwards describes his time in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Scott Edwards describes his volunteer experience at the Smithsonian Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Scott Edwards describes his ornithology-based study in Hawaii
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Scott Edwards talks about his senior thesis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Scott Edwards describes his experience in New Guinea
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Scott Edwards describes the African American community's perception of evolution
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Scott Edwards notes the importance of evolution
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Scott Edwards describes the focus of his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Scott Edwards provides an overview of evolutionary biology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Scott Edwards describes what it takes to become an evolutionary biologist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Scott Edwards discusses the racial implications of specific publications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Scott Edwards describes the concept of race in biological terms
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Scott Edwards describes living in Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Scott Edwards describes his post-doctoral research at the University of Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Scott Edwards briefly describes his post-doctoral experience at the University of Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Scott Edwards describes the rich wildlife of northern Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Scott Edwards describes his experience at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Scott Edwards describes his professional responsibilities at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Scott Edwards describes the collections at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Scott Edwards describes the evolutionary basis of skin color