Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Daubenmire, Rexford F. (United States
Rex Daubenmire was widely recognized as one of the
leading authorities on plant ecology of his time. Apart from the emphasis
of his work on Pacific Northwest environments, he is perhaps best known
for his early 1950s introduction of the concept of potential vegetation
into ecological management. His research included studies related to the
effects of environment on vegetation, plant community evolution, the phytogeographical
effect of limiting factors, fire, seedling survival, vegetational water
requirements, grassland and desert environments, and altitudinal zonation.
Two of his books--Plants and Environment (1947) and Plant
Communities (1968)--became highly successful texts.
--born in Coldwater, Ohio, on 12 December 1909.
--1930: B.S., Butler University
--1932: M.S., University of Colorado
--1935: Ph.D., University of Minnesota
--1935-1936: acting assistant professor, University of Tennessee
--1936-1946: teaches at the University of Idaho
--1943: publishes "Vegetational Zonation in the Rocky Mountains" in Botanical
--1946-1975: professor of botany, Washington State University
--1947: publishes his Plants
and Environment, A Textbook of Plant Autecology
--1967: president, Ecological Society of America
--1968: publishes his Plant Communities; A Textbook of Plant Synecology
--1970: receives Outstanding Scientist Award from the Northwest Scientific
--1975: retires; made professor emeritus of botany at Washington State
--1979: receives Eminent Ecologist award from the Ecological Society of
--1980: earns the Barrington Moore Award, Society of American Forestry
--dies at Mt. Plymouth, Florida, on 26 August 1995.
--New York Times, 8 September 1995: B9
--Phytologia, Vol. 79(1) (1995): 58-64.
--Bulletin of the
Ecological Society of America, Vol. 77(3) (1996):
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