Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Setchell, William Albert (United States
Setchell's main interest lay in the study of algae,
and on this subject he became a leading authority. Morphology, systematics,
ecology, and biogeography of the group were all investigated in his many
publications; among his contributions was elucidating the role of algae
in the formation of coral reefs. In biogeography he reveals himself to
be a descendant of Humboldtian thinking, especially in his examination
of the relation between temperature gradients and distribution patterns
(mostly of algae, but also of terrestrial vascular plants).
--born in Norwich, Connecticut, on 15 April 1864.
--1883: publishes his A Catalogue of Wild Plants Growing in Norwich
--1887: A.B., Yale University
--1890: Ph.D. in botany, Harvard University
--1890-1895: teaches biology and botany at Yale
--1895-1919: involved in the issuance of the Phycotheca Boreali-Americana
--1895-1934: professor and head of the department of botany, University
of California, Berkeley
--1899: collecting expedition to Alaska
--1900: collecting expedition to Hawaii
--1903-1904: takes world botanical tour
--1919: publishes the first of the Marine Algae of the Pacific Coast
--1919: elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical
--1920: studies coral reefs in Samoa
--1920-1929: various botanical trips to the Pacific, Indo-Australia, Japan,
--1925: publishes "The Marine Algae of the Pacific Coast of North America.
Part III. Melanophyceae." in University of California Publications
--1926: appointed to attend the Third Pacific Science Congress in
--1926-1927: takes world botanical tour
--1929: appointed to attend the Fourth Pacific Science Congress in Java
--1929: publishes "Morphological and Phenological Notes on Zostera
marina L." in University of California Publications in Botany
--1933: appointed to attend the Fifth Pacific Science Congress in Victoria,
--dies at Berkeley, California, on 5 April 1943.
--Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.),
Vol. 23 (1945).
--American National Biography, Vol. 19 (1999).
--National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 32 (1945).
--Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. 12 (1975).
of California: In Memoriam, April 1943. [website]
Vol. 30(3) (1943): 529-532.
--Taxonomic Literature, Vol. 5 (1985).
--Prominent Phycologists of the 20th Century (1996): 102-114.
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