Lucy Edwards

Lucy E Edwards focuses her research on the stratigraphy of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains. Her specialty is dinoflagellates (a type of algae), and she studies their fossil cysts for what they reveal about the time and environment of deposition and how they came to be preserved in the fossil record. She also specializes in stratigraphic nomenclature and methods of stratigraphic correlation.



B.A. (Honors College), 1972, Geology, University of Oregon

Ph. D., 1977, Geological Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Career Experience

1974, 1975 (summers)              Biostratigrapher, Exxon Production Research Co., Houston, TX

1977-2018                               Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

2018-present                           Scientist Emerita, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Courses taught at George Washington University, Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Oslo, George Mason University, Türkiye Petrolleri AO.

Professional Memberships

American Association for Advancement of Science (Fellow)

Geological Society of America (Fellow)

North American Micropaleontology Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology

The Paleontological Society (Fellow)

The Palynological Society

American Geophysical Union


USGS representative to North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature