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.


Recent Accomplishments


  • B.A. (Honors College), 1972, Geology, University of Oregon
  • Ph. D., 1977, Geological Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Professional Studies/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 societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

  • 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

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts