Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Kalela, Olavi (Finland
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Kalela ranked among the top European animal ecologists
of his generation. His studies on microtine populations began shortly
after the end of World War II, and included both field-based observation
of behavior, and lab-based experimentation and mathematical modeling.
He was in particular a leader in the study of animal population fluctuations
and cycles (and their subsequent biogeographical implications), especially
in relating their ecosystem-level causes (such as changes in food resources
or climate) to population-level effects (e.g., reproductive trends).
--born in Helsinki, Finland, on
25 March 1908.
--1933- : works at various positions in the Museum of Zoology, University
--1938: completes his doctoral dissertation
--1946: begins his studies on voles at Kilpisjärvi, Finland
--1949: publishes "Changes in Geographic Ranges in the Avifauna of Northern
and Central Europe in Relation to Recent Changes in Climate" in Bird-Banding
--1957: made professor of zoology at the University of Helsinki; publishes
"Regulation of Reproduction Rate in Subarctic Populations of the Vole Clethrionomys
rufocanus (Sund.)" in Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae Ser.
--1962: publishes "On the Fluctuations in the Numbers of Arctic and Boreal
Small Rodents as a Problem of Production Biology" in Annales Academiae
Scientiarum Fennicae Ser. A-IV, Biologica
--1963: helps found the biological station at Kilpisjärvi
--dies on 22 May 1974.
For Additional Information, See:
Fennici, Vol. 22 (1985): 208-210.
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