Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Gloger, Constantin Wilhelm Lambert (Poland-Germany 1803-1863)

Gloger is little remembered today beyond his discovery of "Gloger's Rule," one of the traditional basic ecogeographic principles. This states that within endothermic species, more lightly pigmented forms tend to have an increasingly dominating presence as one moves away from the equator. Gloger did, however, have a successful career as a zoologist, his researches focusing on the influence of climatic conditions on the geographical differences among species. In addition he was a pioneer in the study of bird conservation, especially as related to the law.

Life Chronology

--born near Grodków, Poland, on 17 September 1803.
--1824-1825: studies natural science subjects in Berlin
--1825: begins research on the birds of the Ore Mountains, Central Europe
--1830: Ph.D., Breslau (Wroclaw), Poland; becomes a teacher there
--1830: becomes member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle
--1833: publishes Schlesiens Wirbelthier-fauna
--1833: publishes Das Abändern der Vögel durch Einfluss des Klima's (describing "Gloger's Rule")
--1834: publishes the first volume of Vollständiges Handbuch der Naturgeschichte der Vögel Europa's
--1834: moves to Berlin
--after 1834: works at the Berlin Zoological Museum
--1853: joins editorial board of, and begins publishing in, the Journal für Ornithologie
--dies at Berlin, Germany, on 30 December 1863.

For Additional Information, See:

--Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, Vol. 9 (1879/1968).
--Dictionary of German Biography, Vol. 4 (2003).

Some comments on Gloger's Rule:

--The Condor, Vol. 106(3) (2004): 681-686.
--Evolution, Vol. 23(4) (1969): 622-626.
--Evolution, Vol. 12(3) (1958): 347-357.
--Current Ornithology, Vol. 6 (1986): 1-69.

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