Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Daubenmire, Rexford F. (United States 1909-1995)
ecology, botany

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.

Life Chronology

--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 Review
--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 Association
--1975: retires; made professor emeritus of botany at Washington State University
--1979: receives Eminent Ecologist award from the Ecological Society of America
--1980: earns the Barrington Moore Award, Society of American Forestry
--dies at Mt. Plymouth, Florida, on 26 August 1995.

For Additional Information, See:

--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): 143-144.

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