Guy Narbonne

IGCP chairperson

Dr. Guy Narbonne is a Professor and Research Chair in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Canada. He has been a member of the IGCP Scientific Board since 2008, and previously served as Theme Leader for “Global Change: Evidence from the Geological Record” for four years (2013-2016) before beginning his role as Chair of IGCP in 2017. Dr. Narbonne’s research centers on the early evolution of complex multicellular life 1000-500 million years ago (Neoproterozoic–Cambrian) and the inter-relationship between this biotic evolution and coeval changes in the world’s oceans and atmosphere. He was a voting member of IUGS Working Groups that defined the formal base of the Cambrian Period in 1994 and erected the Ediacaran Period in 2004, and was Chief Scientist and a primary author of the nomination dossier for Mistaken Point, a Precambrian fossil site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016. His more than 100 refereed scientific papers include a cover paper in Science and several that were selected for “Best Paper” awards from their respective journals. Guy is active in public outreach in geology, and has appeared in television documentaries narrated by David Suzuki and Sir David Attenborough. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010 and is the recipient of the Howard Street Robinson Medal in Precambrian Geology (1994), the Billings Medal in Paleontology (2009), the Bancroft Award of the Royal Society of Canada (2014), and the Neale Medal of the Geological Association of Canada (2017).

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