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Bruce J. MacFadden

Distinguished Professor and Director of Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI), University of Florida

I have been a professor at the University of Florida since 1977. I am the author of about 200 peer-reviewed publications and the recent book "Broader Impacts of Science on Society" (Cambridge, 2019). I am a Fellow of the AAAS, Geological Society of America, and Paleontological Society. I was President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology from 1986 to 1988, and President of the Paleontological Society from 2018 to 2020. Over the past decade I have become increasingly interested in working with public school science teachers; in 2015 to 2016 I was a Visiting Scientist embedded in the Santa Cruz (California) Office of Education. I currently am the Director of a UF "moonshot" project called "Scientist in Every Florida School." I am passionate about the importance of scientists giving back to society as part of their social responsibility.


  • –present
    Distinguished Professor and Director, Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI), University of Florida


  • 1976 
    Columbia University, PhD, paleontology (geological sciences)