E. C. Pielou is awesome

Chris Pielou /Open Passage Expedition

After an intro ecology class, you might think that women had nothing to do with big, historical developments in the field. If you’re lucky, your class may have mentioned Jane Lubchenko or Rachel Carson. One of the amazing ecologists left out of your textbook was E.C. Pielou. She is a mathematical ecologist and author with a pretty extraordinary academic path. has a nice profile up. I also recommend MacArthur’s super bitchy response to Pielou correcting a mathematical error in one of his papers.