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S. Blair Hedges
S. Blair Hedges

Blair Hedges, Ph.D.
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Biodiversity
Temple University

S. Blair Hedges


Director, Center for Biodiversity
Science Education & Research Center
1925 N. 12th Street, Suite 502
Philadelphia, PA 19122

CV (pdf)

Other positions and affiliations

  • Senior Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2012–2021)
  • Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Caribbean Herpetology (2010–)
  • Founder and co-Chair, Evolutionary Genomics Focus Group. NASA Astrobiology Institute (2000–)
  • Research Associate, National Museum of National History, Washington, DC (1998–)
  • Chairman, Genomes and Evolution 2004, Annual meeting of Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution and American Genetic Association
  • Redlist Authority, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (2009–)
  • Coordinator for the Caribbean, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Red List of Threatened Species of amphibians and Global Amphibian Assessment (2001–)
  • Director, Astrobiology Summer Program, Pennsylvania State University (2003–2011)
  • Member, IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2005–)
  • Associate Editor, BMC Evolutionary Biology (2008–2011)
  • Co-Director, TimeTree Project and Consortium: www.timetree.org (2005–)
  • Member, Editorial Board of BMC Proceedings (2007–)
  • Member, Editorial Board of Novitates Caribaea (2007–)
  • Member, Board of Editors of Caribbean Naturalist (2012–)
  • Member, NASA Astrobiology Roadmap Committee (2001–2003)
  • Member, NASA Astrobiology Institute (1998–2016) (http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/)

Selected awards, fellowships, and named lectures

  • Bodleian Lectureship (Oxford University, Oxford, UK), 2016
  • Yale Lectureship (Yale University, New Haven), 2014
  • Garrett Lectureship in the History of Cartography, Univiversity of Texas, 2012
  • Faculty Scholar Medal, Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009
  • Science News of the Year, Life, Science News Magazine, 2008
  • Who’s Who in the World, 2008; Who’s Who in America (Marquis), 2008–
  • Philips Lectureship, Haverford College, 2003
  • Karling Lectureship, Mycological Society of America, 2002
  • Darwin Lecture (Natural History Museum, London), 2001
  • Faculty Associates Teaching Award, Pennsylvania State University, 1997

Recognition of published works

Taxonomic contributions

Research interests

Broadly, I am interested in how biodiversity has co-evolved with the planetary environment over four billion years, and how it is responding now to human-caused environmental changes.

Biological disciplines represented in the research include astrobiology, biodiversity, bioinformatics, conservation, ecology, genomics, molecular evolution, natural history, paleontology, phylogenetics, and systematics. Other disciplines represented are astronomy, climatology, and geology.

Other academic interests

The interface of science, art, and history: Articles 176, 195, and 243

Field experience

Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba*, Dominica, Dominican Republic*, Grenadines, Guadeloupe*, Haiti*, Jamaica*, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and the United States.
*Multiple expeditions


Approximately 300 articles and 10 books and monographs.
Go HERE for complete list.

Nova Reperta: Lapis Polaris (Stradanus, 1590)

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