Conservation Research Laboratory: Academic lineage

KCRL - Our origins

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David Starr Jordan (1851-1931)
Ichthyology, Evolutionary Biology - Indiana University, Stanford University
According to the Smithsonian’s website, he was “the most influential of all American ichthyologists”.   He was also President of Indiana University at the age of 34, and became the founding President of Stanford University at 40.  

Carl H. Eigenmann (1863-1927)
Ichthyology, Evolutionary Biology – Indiana University
A significant participant in the golden age of ichthyology, Eigenmann used studies of African cichlid and South American characid fishes to provide evidence for a pre-Tertiary land connection between the continents.   He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Chancey Juday (1871-1944)
Limnology – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Juday was a pioneer in limnology.  He was President of the Ecological Society of America in 1927.

Arthur D. Hasler (1908-2001)
Limnology, Ecology - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Hasler took up the reins of his limnology forbearers, directed the future of the science with a strong emphasis on large scale manipulations known as whole-lake experiments.  He is best known for his discovery that salmon used olfactory imprinting to facilitate their returns to precise locations of birth for spawning.  He was also a pioneer in the study of eutrophication.  He advised 95 graduate students, was the third ecologist (after G.E. Hutchinson, and C. L. Hubbs) to become a NAS member, and was later elected to the AAAS. 

Kenneth B. Armitage (1925 -)
Behavioral Ecology - University of Kansas
Ken Armitage started academic life as limnologist, but became interested in social behavior of mammals, and spent much of his 40-year career studying this in yellow-bellied marmots.  His new book, Marmot Biology, is a thorough treatment of marmot ecology covering published research over the last fifty years, including his own forty year study at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology at University of Kansas and has supervised over 40 graduate students.

John L. Koprowski (1961- )
Wildlife Conservation and Management - University of Arizona
Koprowski’s research focuses on conservation and behavioral ecology of vertebrates.  Because they are a globally distributed, and frequently diurnal, conspicuous taxon, he has often used squirrels as models for understanding questions in conservation and behavior.   His studies have resulted in over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and books, most recently (August 2012) Squirrels of the World, a 459-page volume with a species account for all 285 of the world’s squirrels, and the Sciuridae section of Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Volume 6; Lagomorphs and Rodents.  He currently serves as the IUCN North American Coordinator of Small Mammals. Dr. K has 15 current graduate students and has directly supervised 24 past graduate students.