Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Deevey, Edward Smith, Jr. (United States 1914-1988)
ecology, limnology, paleolimnology


Deevey was among the foremost paleolimnologists of his time, with interests extending to Pleistocene ecology, biogeochemistry, palynology, cultural ecology, nutrient cycling, zooplankton ecology and systematics, statistical analysis, and other related subjects. He became known for his early advocation of the use of carbon 14 as a dating method, for his use of life table methods in ecology, for his investigations of paleosuccessional trends, and for his chemical analyses of lake sediments. He was acknowledged as a leading authority on the Pleistocene epoch. In addition to producing a long list of successful technical publications, Deevey also contributed "educated layperson" articles to venues such as Scientific American, and became known to a wider readership.

Life Chronology

--born in Albany, New York, on 3 December 1914.
--1934: B.A. in botany, summa cum laude, Yale University
--1938: Ph.D. in zoology, Yale University (student of George Evelyn Hutchinson)
--1938-1939: holds a Sterling postdoctoral fellowship; makes limnological surveys of Connecticut lakes
--1939-1943: instructor at the Rice Institute, Houston
--1943-1946: research in marine biology for the U.S. Navy at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts
--1946-1951: assistant professor of biology, Yale University
--1947: publishes "Life Tables for Natural Populations of Animals" in the Quarterly Review of Biology
--1949: publishes "Biogeography of the Pleistocene. Part I" in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America
--1951-1957: associate professor, Yale University
--1951-1962: director, Geochronometric Laboratory
--1953-1954: Fulbright and Guggenheim research awards for study in Denmark
--1957: publishes "Postglacial Hypsithermal Interval" in Science
--1957-1968: professor, Yale University
--1968-1971: Killiam research professorship at Dalhousie University
--1970: president, Ecological Society of America
--1971: made curator of paleoecology and professor at the Florida State Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
--1974-1975: president, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
--1981: elected to the National Academy of Sciences
--1982: receives Eminent Ecologist award from the Ecological Society of America
--dies at Gainesville, Florida, on 28 November 1988.

For Additional Information, See:

--Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.), Vol. 71 (1997).
--Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 78(3-4) (1990): 383-385.
--Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 70(2) (1989): 137-140.
--Hydrobiologia, Vol. 214 (1991): 1-7.

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