Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Ekman spent a good part of his long life in the field examining both terrestrial/fresh water and marine environments. His studies extended to a wide diversity of subjects in the realms of invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, marine biology, northern and alpine environments ecology, limnology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and science popularization. Although even his earliest work attracted considerable attention, he was employed for many years as a secondary school teacher in his native Sweden, not accepting a full-time university appointment until he was in his fifties. Some years after this his most famous book, Tiergeographie des Meeres, was published and his international reputation was assured, but it became even better known when it was expanded and released in English in 1953 as Zoogeography of the Sea. It is arguably one of the two or three most important treatments of this subject ever produced. Ekman was much respected for his enthusiasm and devotion to his science; he is also remembered for his invention of what came to be known as the Ekman bottom-sampler, and as a biogeographer of considerable note for his studies on glacial relict populations and Swedish faunistics.
--born on 31 May 1876.
For Additional Information, See:
--Hydrobiologia, Vol. 27(1/2) (1966): 274-279.
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