Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Raup, Hugh Miller (United States 1901-1995)
plant ecology, phytogeography

Raup spent much of his career at Harvard, but by the time he got there in 1932 he had already registered several seasons in the field in northwestern Canada, the area he would remain the most associated with. Raup, who was also strongly interested in geomorphology, spent a good deal of time exploring the ecological and evolutionary development of landscapes in remote northern terrains--places such as the Great Slave and Athabasca Lakes, Wood Buffalo National Park, the Yukon Territory, Greenland, Southampton Island, and the Ungava Peninsula. He collected large quantities of materials, later publishing systematic reviews of both particular groups and particular floras. According to one obituary (Harvard University Gazette), "Through the course of his career, Hugh's interests broadened beyond plant biology to embrace such topics as Indian archaeology, the role of frost action, lake-level change and winter injury in northern ecosystems, and the influence of natural disturbance and historical land use on forests in Cuba, Honduras and New England." Raup is the father of the distinguished paleontologist David Raup.

Life Chronology

--born in Springfield, Ohio, on 4 February 1901.
--1923: A.B., Wittenberg College
--1923-1925: instructor in biology, Wittenberg College
--1925: A.M., University of Pittsburgh
--1925-1932: assistant professor, Wittenberg College
--1926-1939: field expeditions to northwestern Canada
--1928: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
--1932-1938: research assistant/associate, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
--1934: publishes his Phytogeographic Studies in the Peace and Upper Liard River Regions, Canada
--1938-1945: assistant professor of plant ecology, Harvard University
--1943-1944: fieldwork along the Alaska Highway
--1945-1949: associate professor of plant ecology, Harvard University
--1946-1967: director of Harvard Forest
--1949-1960: professor of botany, Harvard University
--1956-1964: field expeditions to Greenland
--1960-1967: professor of forestry, Harvard University
--1967-1970: visiting professor of geography, Johns Hopkins University
--1982: publishes his The Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes of Northern Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, with G. W. Argus
--dies at Sister Bay, Wisconsin, on 10 August 1995.

For Additional Information, See:

--Taxonomic Literature, Vol. 4 (1983).
--New York Times, 18 August 1995: D17.
--Harvard University Gazette, 12 February 1998.
--Canadian Field-Naturalist, Vol. 112(3) (1998): 557-564.

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