Professor Catherine Badgley and Professor Emeritus Gerald Smith received awards at the annual meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology in Berlin, Germany in November 2014.

Badgley received the Joseph T. Gregory Award to honor outstanding service to the welfare of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology.

Badgley is spending two months of her sabbatical working with long-time collaborators at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. They are synthesizing three decades of research on the fossil record of mammals and environmental history of the Indian subcontinent that spans the last 20 million years.  

Badgley served on the executive committee of SVP for 12 years, as secretary for six years and then as vice-president, president, and past-president for another six years. As president, she strengthened the international aspects of the society, by appointing members from many different countries to all standing committees and by facilitating the first annual meeting of the society outside North America. Membership in the society grew by about 10 percent during those years and student activities became more prominent.

In addition to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Badgley is affiliated with the Residential College and is a research scientist in the Museum of Paleontology and in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH).

Her fields of study are the ecology and paleoecology of mammals, evolution of Cenozoic mammals, biogeography, and sustainable agriculture. She earned her Ph.D. in geology from Yale University.

Professor Emeritus Gerald Smith accepting his SVP Honorary Member Award.Smith was given the SVP Honorary Member Award for distinguished contribution to the field of vertebrate paleontology. The award recognizes Smith’s work documenting evolutionary changes in freshwater fishes in the western United States over the past 15 million years. The main contribution of that work was to understand geological controls on rates and directions of evolutionary change.

Smith’s current research in the Boston area continues the study of geological controls on fish evolution. He is also involved in a political economic study of the importance of local community control on conservation of fishes.

In addition to EEB, Smith is affiliated with EARTH, the Museum of Zoology, and the Museum of Paleontology. His research interests are Cenozoic fossils and calibration of rates of evolution, speciation, biogeography, and conservation. He specializes in the evolution of North American freshwater fishes. Smith earned his doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan.

Photo credit: Jennie J. Rose. 

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