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Edward Lloyd Bousfield

Edward Lloyd Bousfield, invertebrate zoologist (b at Penticton, BC 19 Jun 1926).

Bousfield, Edward Lloyd

Edward Lloyd Bousfield, invertebrate zoologist (b at Penticton, BC 19 Jun 1926). An authority on amphipod crustaceans, marine bio-geography and a fellow of the RSC, Bousfield has been at the National Museums of Canada (Canadian Museum of Nature) since 1950 as invertebrate zoologist, as chief zoologist (1964-74), as senior scientist (1974-86), as curator emeritus (1986-90) and since 1990 as research emeritus. Since his retirement he has been a research associate of the Royal British Columbia Museum (1984-95) and the Royal Ontario Museum (1984-present).

Educated at University of Toronto under A.G. HUNTSMAN and at Harvard (PhD 1954), his early work was on barnacle ecology. Since the early 1950s he has studied the taxonomy and distribution of invertebrates on collecting expeditions all over Canada, in Alaska, on southern US coasts, in the Pacific, and on the HUDSON 70 EXPEDITION. Bousfield has described dozens of new species and made major revisions of amphipod classification.

His studies of the taxonomy and distribution of Canadian marine animals are major contributions to knowledge of the country's fauna. Bousfield also taught, being Adjunct Professor of Biology at Carleton University (1969-84) and as a visiting professor at schools around the world. In 1985 Bousfield received the government of Canada's Outstanding Achievement Award.

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