|Residence||New Haven, Connecticut, United States|
|Institutions||Goldsmiths, University of London
University of Bristol
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin
|Doctoral advisor||Harry Whittington|
|Known for||Burgess Shale
|Notable awards||Lyell Medal (2000)
Boyle Medal (2001)
Derek Ernest Gilmor Briggs is an Irish palaeontologist and taphonomist based at Yale University. Briggs is one of three palaeontologists, along with Harry Blackmore Whittington and Simon Conway Morris, who were key in the reinterpretation of the fossils of the Burgess Shale. He is the Yale University G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology and Geophysics; Director, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; and Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
While at the University of Cambridge, Briggs worked on the fossils of the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia alongside British palaeontologists Harry Blackmore Whittington and Simon Conway Morris on the exceptionally well-preserved Burgess Shale fauna. The Burgess Shale project subsequently became one of the most celebrated endeavours in the field of palaeontology in the latter half of the 20th century. Briggs is a Fellow of the Royal Society and winner of the 2001 Boyle Medal. On 1 July 2008 he took over as Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He became the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale in 2011.
Briggs's research is on the taphonomy, or preservation, and evolutionary significance of the exceptionally preserved fossil biotas known as Konservat-Lagerstätten – fossil formations that include evidence of faunal soft tissue. His work involves a range of approaches from experimental work on the factors controlling decay and fossilisation, through studies of early diagenetic mineralisation and organic preservation, to field work on a range of fossil occurrences.
|1972||BA in geology, Trinity College, Dublin|
|1972–1976||PhD in geology, University of Cambridge|
|1974–1977||Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge|
|1977–1985||Department of Geology, Goldsmiths College, University of London|
|1985–2002||Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (Chair 1997–2001)|
|2001–2002||Visiting professor, Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago|
|2003–||Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and Curator in charge of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University|
|2004–||Director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies|
|2008–||Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University|
|2011–||G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University|
- 1999 – Fellow of the Royal Society
- 2000 – Premio Capo d'Orlando (Italian prize for palaeontology
- 2000 — Lyell Medal, Geological Society of London
- 2001 — Boyle Medal, Royal Dublin Society/Irish Times
- 2002–2004 – President, Palaeontological Association
- 2003 – Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy
- 2003 — President Elect, Paleontological Society
- 2008 – Humboldt Research Award
- 2009 – Bownocker Medal, Ohio State University
- Derek E. G. Briggs, D. H. Erwin, and F. J. Collier. The fossils of the Burgess Shale.
- Derek E. G. Briggs, C. Bartels, and G. Brassel. The fossils of the Hunsrück Slate.
- Derek E. G. Briggs and Peter R. Crowther, eds. (2003). Palaeobiology II. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-632-05147-7 and ISBN 0-632-05149-3.
- Derek E.G. Briggs, Nicholas H. Barton, Jonathan A. Eisen, David B. Goldstein, and Nipam H. Patel. Evolution.
- An undergraduate textbook which integrates molecular biology, human genetics, and genomics with traditional evolutionary studies.
- "Curriculum vitae: Derek E.G. Briggs". people.earth.yale.edu. Yale University. 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- Bhushan A (27 November 2007). "'Visionary' Briggs to lead, expand Peabody". yaledailynews.com. Yale Daily News. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- Yale News (20 November 2007). "Derek Briggs Appointed Next Director of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History". news.yale.edu. Yale University. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- Yale News (8 February 2011). "Derek Briggs is named the Hutchinson Professor of Geology and Geophysics". news.yale.edu. Yale University. Retrieved 13 July 2013.