Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 41, Issue 1–4, pp 67–80 | Cite as

The life and work of Rosemary Lowe-McConnell: pioneer in tropical fish ecology

  • Michael N. Bruton


Rosemary Lowe-McConnell is one of the pioneers of tropical fish ecology. During a colourful and eventful career spanning over 45 years, she has worked in the tropical waters of Africa and South America and contributed significantly to our understanding of the ecology, zoogeography, phenology, evolution and taxonomy of tropical fishes. She has also assisted countless young ichthyologists and fisheries scientists and stimulated ichthyology through her lucid books on fish ecology. She continues to play an active role in the promotion of ichthyology and ecology from her home in Sussex in the English countryside. A brief biography and tribute is given so that her contributions to tropical fish ecology can be more widely appreciated.

Key words

Biography Behaviour Seasonality Predation Breeding Feeding Taxonomy Evolution Environmental fluctuations Tropics Africa South America 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael N. Bruton
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  1. 1.J.L.B. Smith Institute of IchthyologyGrahamstownSouth Africa

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