Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Epling, Carl Clawson (United States
botany, evolutionary biology
Carl Epling is most remembered as a prominent botanist and one of the
important figures in the development of the Neo-Darwinian synthesis. After
serving in the military, he completed his Ph.D. in 1924, whereupon he
became connected with UCLA, the institution he would serve for the rest
of his life. His early researches focused on systematics, especially of
American members of the family Labiatae, but an increasing interest in
evolutionary studies led him to genetics and biogeography and an experimental
approach, notably on the familiar laboratory organism Drosophila pseudoobscura.
Related publications on gene arrangements and a subsequent public discussion
among some of the top names in biology brought his name to prominence.
Epling was enthusiastically devoted to the research process, and much
of his time was also spent in helping to make UCLA an environment that
would attract and support researchers of international reputation; typical
of his efforts in this direction was his founding of the herbarium there.
--born in Waverly, Illinois, on 15 April 1894.
--1917-1919: serves in the military
--1921: A.B., University of California, Berkeley
--1921-1922: botany instructor, Oregon State College
--1922-1924: agent for the USDA
--1923: M.A., Washington University (St. Louis)
--1924: Ph.D., Henry Shaw School of Botany, Washington University
--1924-1927: botany instructor, University of California at Los Angeles
--1927-1928: National Research Council fellowship for study in Europe
--1927-1935: assistant professor of botany, UCLA
--1936-1944: associate professor of botany, UCLA
--1941: made a Faculty Research lecturer, UCLA
--1944: publishes “Contributions to the Genetics, Taxonomy, and
Ecology of Drosophila pseudoobscura and Its Relatives” in Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication
554, with Theodosius Dobzhansky
--1944-1961: systematist at the Agricultural Experiment Station
--1945-1961: professor of botany, UCLA
--1949-1950: Chair of the Academic Senate, UCLA
--1961: made emeritus professor of botany; begins field studies in Ecuador
--1963: honorary LL.D., UCLA
--dies at Santa Monica, California, on 17 November 1968.
--Taxonomic Literature, Suppl. VI (2000).
--Taxon, Vol. 19(1)
of California: In Memoriam, December 1970. [website]
Copyright 2007 by Charles H. Smith. All
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