Bruce MacFaddenTESI Founding Director

Phone: 352-273-1937

Bruce J. MacFadden, TESI’s founding director (2018-2023) is a distinguished professor and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History. On the UF faculty since 1977, he is the author of several books and more than 200 peer-reviewed professional articles. Bruce has been a principal investigator on more than 50 external grants, mostly from the National Science Foundation, totaling more than $35 million. A vertebrate paleontologist by training, specializing in fossil mammals, he has been the President of both the Paleontological Society and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. He received his bachelor’s degree (honors) from Cornell University (1971), an MPhil (1974), and Ph.D. (1976) from Columbia University in geological sciences (paleontology). Bruce teaches courses on vertebrate paleontology and Broader Impacts and has been the major professor of two dozen UF graduate students. 

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As the founding director, MacFadden was responsible for the strategic directions and general oversight of TESI from 2018-2023. He was is directly involved in ongoing TESI initiatives, including Broader Impacts outreach, via faculty training and teaching a graduate seminar on this topic; as a Scientist in Every Florida School program leader; and as principal investigator on the TESI’s NSF-funded project (#2147625) using fossil sharks to teach about machine learning in K-12 schools. He is a frequent speaker at civic organizations (e.g., Rotary) and to public interest groups (e.g., fossils, archeology, and scientific societies). 


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