Dr. Godfrey Bourne, Lead Scientist
Godfrey R. Bourne is currently Associate Professor of Evolutionary and Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His earned his B.A. in zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University, his M.En. in Wetland Ecology at Miami University, and his Ph.D. in Avian Behavioral Ecology at the University of Michigan. Between high school at the prestigious Queens College in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana and earning his first degree, he taught biology, geography, and general science at Christ Church Secondary School in Georgetown.
Godfrey has spent more than 40 years conducting behavioral and ecological research, and has worked in some of Guyana’s most remote locations. He runs an active research laboratory investigating evolutionary aspects of sexual selection in fishes, frogs, and birds, and the ecology of butterflies and other pollinators of rainforest plants. Godfrey’s primary field site is CEIBA Biological Center which he co-founded with his wife Carol M. Bourne and college friends, Gary and Amy Komlos. He has lived in the USA since 1966, spending one year as Curator of Birds at the Detroit Zoological Park, one year as a Senior Research Scientist at the South Florida Water Management District, six years teaching behavioral ecology, and evolution at Florida Atlantic University, and 18 years on the faculty of biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Godfrey is actively involved in rainforest conservation, as the Executive Director of CEIBA Biological Center, a researcher for the International Center for Public Health and Environmental Research (PHER), as a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group of IUCN/SSC Brazilian Amazon-Guianas Regional Working Group, and as a trustee of the Karanambu Trust. He was a Visiting Professor of Biology at the University of Guyana, during fall semester 2008, and is also on the editorial board of Aquaculture, Aquarium, Conservation and Legislation (AACL), of the Bioflux Society, Bucharest, Romania. Godfrey is an Elected Member of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU), member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), Animal Behaviour Society, Cooper Ornithological Society (COS), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS). His hobbies include nature photography, bird painting, and international travel.