Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Mason, Herbert Louis (United States
research is well summarized in an online entry from University
of California: In Memoriam, 1994: "Although a
self-professed taxonomist, Mason was always more interested in the causes
underlying plant evolution and distribution, both past and present,
than he was in details of classification. His efforts shifted
more and more to what he termed 'plant geography' to distinguish
it from the then mainstream plant ecology, which was for many
years dominated by the ideas and overblown terminology of F. E.
Clements. Mason stressed the direct relationship of environmental
factors to the varied tolerance capacities of the plants comprising
a given community, and rejected the almost organismal interpretation
of 'associations,' 'climaxes,' and other phytosociological abstractions."
Mason was an especially respected teacher, and served as president of
several Western U. S. and national scientific societies.
--born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on 3 January 1896.
--1921: A.B., Stanford University
--1923: M.A., Berkeley
--1923-1925: instructor at Mills College
--1925: botany expedition to the Revillagigedos
--1925-1931: associate in botany at the University
of California, Berkeley
--1932: Ph.D., Berkeley
--1932: takes part in expedition to the Bering
Sea and Arctic Ocean
--1933: made instructor and assistant curator
in the herbarium, Berkeley
--1934: advanced to assistant professor and
associate curator at Berkeley
--1938: advanced to associate professor and
curator at Berkeley
--1941: made professor of botany and director
of the herbarium at Berkeley
--1949: made founding director of the Regional
--1949-1950: member of natural history expedition
to the Magdalena Basin, Colombia
--1957: publishes his A Flora of the Marshes
--1959-1960: Fulbright fellowship, Auckland
University, New Zealand
--1963: retires from Berkeley; attains professor
--dies in 1994.
California: In Memoriam, 1994. [website]
--History of the Regional Parks Association. [website]
--Madrono, Vol. 41(3): 235-238.
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