Evelyn C. Pielou Evolution and Ecology

Biologist: Invented mathematical ecology

The Story

Pielou was a Research Scientist for the Canadian Dept. of Forestry (1963-64), Research Scientist at the Dept. of Agriculture (1964-67), and Professor of Biology at the Queen's University, Kingston (1968-71). She became a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1974-81) and was the Oil Sands Environmental Research professor at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (1981-86). She contributed significantly to the development of mathematical ecology, the mathematical modeling of natural systems.

Pielou is a tireless writer, whose work includes over 60 papers, articles and scientific publications. She wrote many books, ranging in topic from her classic Introduction to Mathematical Ecology (1969) to popular science books such as After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America (1992) and A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic (1994). Her most recent book, Fresh Water was published in 2000.

Sources: Canadian Who’s Who 1993, National Academy of Science.

Career ideas:

  • Government paleontologist
  • University professor
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and pulp/paper industries staff scientist
  • Petroleum/mining consultant
  • Private consulting scientist

The Person

February 20, 1924
Bognor Regis, England
Comox, BC
Environmental Research professor
University of Lethbridge
  • BSc University of London, 1951
  • PhD University of London, 1962
  • DSc University of London, 1975
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • George Lawson Medal (Canadian Botanical Association), 1984
  • Eminent Ecologist Award (Ecological Society of America), 1986
  • Distinguished Statistical Ecologist Award (International Congress of Ecology), 1990
  • Several honorary degrees and memberships
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September 16, 2015

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