Guyanese scientist to head U.S. foundation
June 5, 2004
A PAST student of Queens College and now Associate Professor of Evolutionary and Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), Dr. Godfrey R. Bourne, will be moving to the Washington, D.C. area for one year beginning on August 23, 2004.
Dr. Bourne has been appointed Program Director (PD) for animal behavior in the Division of Integrated Biology and Neuroscience of the National Science Foundation (NSF), after being nominated by two current PDs, and undergoing a rigorous job interview process. Dr. Bourne is the eldest son of the late Edna R. and L. George Bourne of Georgetown.
He is in Guyana to compile a species list of the country's amphibians and reptiles, and study the ecological structure and organization of their communities in Kaieteur National Park with Guyanese co-PI, Jackie Arjoon and Belgian scientist, Philippe Kok.
They will train several University of Guyana students, a teacher, and two high school students from Chenapou.
Prof. Bourne sees his administrative job at NSF as service to the scientific community in particular and the citizens of the U.S. in general, and as a small way of repaying some of the debt to the U.S. for the opportunities it bestowed on him.