Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Coe, Wesley Roswell (United States 1869-1960)
invertebrate zoology, marine biology
from Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Archives, UC San Diego Library
Coe was a student of the celebrated zoologist A. E.
Verrill, under the influence of whom he developed his central interest
in the taxonomy and natural history of marine invertebrates, especially
nemerteans (ribbon worms) and bivalves. Coe's studies ran the gamut, from
investigations into embryology (especially change of sex), physiology
and morphology (including anatomical regenerations) to studies at the
population and biogeographic levels. He was especially known for his research
on bathypelagic forms.
--born in Middlefield, Connecticut, on 11 November
--1888: graduates Connecticut Agricultural College
--1892: Ph.B., Sheffield Scientific School, Yale University
--1892-1895: assistant in biology, Sheffield Scientific School
--1895: Ph.D., Yale University
--1895-1896: advanced studies in Germany and Italy
--1895-1901: instructor in biology, Yale University
--1899: takes part in the Harriman field expedition to Alaska
--1901-1907: assistant professor of comparative anatomy, Yale University
--1907-1938: professor of biology, Yale University
--1917-1944: associate editor, American Journal of Science
--1938-: professor emeritus, Yale University
--1940: president, American Society of Zoologists
--1943: publishes "Biology of the Nemerteans of the Atlantic Coast of
North America" in the Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts
--1946-1948: president, San Diego Natural History Society
--1947: honorary D.Sc., Yale University
--1956: publishes "Fluctuations in Populations of Littoral Marine Invertebrates"
in Journal of Marine Research
--dies at Chula Vista, California, on 21 September 1960.
--National Cyclopaedia of American Biography,
Vol. 47 (1965).
--Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5 (1973).
--The Anatomical Record, Vol. 143 (1962): 273-274.
--Wesley Roswell Coe (1869-1960): Marine Biologist of Renown: A Bibliography
and Appreciation (1996).
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