Shorten, Monica (1923–1993)

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Shorten, Monica (1923–1993)

Zoologist. Name variations: M. Shorten. Born Monica Ruth Shorten, 1923; died 1993; m. A. D. Vizoso.

A gray squirrel expert, 1st worked with Charles Elton at the Bureau of Animal Population, studying the ecology of rats, among other topics; was asked by Elton to investigate gray squirrel distribution, a research project that spanned 10 years; began research for Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF) on toxic chemicals and squirrels (1954); employed to study the woodcock by the Game Conservancy. Wrote Squirrels (1954) and (with F. Barkalow) The World of the Grey Squirrel (1973).