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List of Famous Ecologists

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List of famous ecologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ecologists in the world? This includes the most prominent ecologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also enjoy the biggest feuds in science history and the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2017. This list of notable ecologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ecologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned ecologists.

This list of famous ecology scientists includes Rachel Carson and Robert Whittaker. Featuring female ecologists and those who made great contributions to ecology, this list has them all! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known ecologists to the lesser known ecologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ecologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ecologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous ecologists?" then you're in the right place.

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  • Rachel Carson
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    Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1907-1964)
    • Birthplace: Springdale, Pennsylvania
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Marine biologist, Biologist, Conservationist, Author, Essayist

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  • Barry Bishop
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    Barry Chapman Bishop (January 13, 1932 – September 24, 1994) was an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein, he was a member of the first American team to summit Mount Everest on May 22, 1963. He worked for the National Geographic Society for most of his life, beginning as a picture editor in 1959 and serving as a photographer, writer, and scientist with the society until his retirement in 1994. He was killed in an automobile accident near Pocatello, Idaho later that year.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1932-1994)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Climatologist, Scholar, Physiologist, Diplomat, Climber
  • Edward J. Laurent
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    Ed Laurent is a Spatial Ecologist who develops and delivers collaborative, science-based recommendations and tools that enable the implementation and evaluation of conservation activities. His specialties and expertise include geographic information systems, analysis of remotely sensed imagery, database organization and management, applying semantic web technologies, systems modeling, designing and implementing standardized wildlife and plant data collection protocols and survey designs, statistical analysis, live trapping of wildlife, animal and woody plant identification, as well as partnership development and coordination. He also enjoys riding and wrenching on his motorcycle,... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Database manager, Editor, Earth remote sensing, Scientist, Animal trainer
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    Nancy A. Moran

    Nancy A. Moran
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    Nancy A. Moran (born December 21, 1954, Dallas, Texas) is an American evolutionary biologist and entomologist, University of Texas Leslie Surginer Endowed Professor, and co-founder of the Yale Microbial Diversity Institute. Since 2005, she has been a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. Her seminal research has focused on the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum and its bacterial symbionts including Buchnera (bacterium). In 2013, she returned to the University of Texas at Austin, where she continues to conduct research on bacterial symbionts in aphids, bees, and other insect species. She has also expanded the scale of her research to bacterial evolution as a whole. She... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
    • Profession: Evolutionary Biologist, Ecologist