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Dr. John C. Wingfield, Assistant Director, Biological Sciences (BIO)


Dr. John C. Wingfield, Assistant Director, BIO Directorate

Dr. John C. Wingfield is the assistant director for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Wingfield's research has covered a wide spectrum of biology from molecular and organismal to environmental and ecological scales. He joined NSF as division director for Integrative Organismal Systems in September 2010 from the University of California, Davis.

Wingfield is a distinguished scientist and active researcher with a strong record of scholarly scientific publication and leadership experience. His research focuses on neural pathways for environmental signals affecting seasonality in birds and their mechanisms of coping with environmental stress. His research also interfaces with how animals deal with global climate change, endocrine disruption and conservation biology.

Wingfield has delivered numerous invited lectures, served on several editorial boards, and held positions as associate editor and/or editor-in-chief for major journals in his fields. He has received many honors from his peers and served as president of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. He also has an extensive record of service to NSF and scientific advisory boards. Prior to joining NSF in 2010, Wingfield was the chair for the department of zoology at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003, and has held an Endowed Chair in Physiology at UC-Davis since 2007.

Wingfield received his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Sheffield and a Ph.D. in zoology and comparative endocrinology from the University College of North Wales.

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