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Lowe-McConnell, Rosemary (1921–)

Lowe-McConnell, Rosemary (1921–)

English biologist and ichthyologist. Name variations: Rosemary Lowe McConnell; R.H. Lowe. Born Rosemary Helen Lowe, June 24, 1921, in Liverpool, England; University of Liverpool, BS, MSc and DSc; m. Richard McConnell, Dec 31, 1953.

Pioneer in research in tropical fish ecology and advocate of the importance of maintaining biodiversity, studied the migration of silver eels as a Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) scientific officer in Windermere, Cumbria (1942–45); surveyed (1945–47) 5 species of tilapias and fish in the southern section of Lake Nyasa (later Lake Malawi) in Malawi; worked as research officer at British Overseas Research Service for East African Fisheries Research (1948–53); discovered 4 new tilapias species in Kenya's Pangani River and in Lake Jipe; conducted 1st survey of freshwater fish in the Guyana shelf as a Guyana Department of Agriculture and Fisheries scientist (1957–62); worked as an associate of British Museum's Fish Section (1962–67); served as 1st editor of Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; elected a fellow and vice president of Linnean Society of London (1967); served as a coeditor (with W.H. van Dobben) of Unifying Concepts in Ecology (1975), a plenary sessions report for First International Congress of Ecology in The Hague (1974); admired by others for her adept synthesis of many scientific themes (including evolution, population dynamics and predation pressure).

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