C. H. Gimingham

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Charles Henry Gimingham OBE FRSE FIBiol, born 28 April 1923, is a British applied botanist, Patron of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, past President of the British Ecological Society, and a world authority on heathlands and heathers.

Background[edit]

Gimingham is the son of Conrad Theodore Gimingham, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and Muriel Elizabeth (née Blake).[1] He was named after his grandfather, another Charles Henry Gimingham, an eminent British entomologist who was President of the Association of Applied Biologists.

Education[edit]

Gimingham was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was an open Scholar and graduated BA in 1944, then at Aberdeen University, graduating Doctor of Philosophy.[1]

Outline of Career[edit]

  • Research Assistant, Imperial College, London, 1944–1945[1]
  • Research Assistant, University of Aberdeen, 1946–1948[1]
  • Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 1948–1961[1]
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 1961–1964[1]
  • Reader in Botany, University of Aberdeen, 1964-1969[1]
  • Professor of Botany, University of Aberdeen, 1969-1981[1]
  • Regius Professor of Botany, University of Aberdeen, 1981-1988[1]
  • Editorial Board, Botanical Journal of Scotland
  • Member, Governing Body of Aberdeen College of Education, 1979–1987
  • Convenor of English Nature Heathlands Committee, 1981–1995
  • Member, Countryside Commission for Scotland, 1980–92
  • Member, Board of Management, Hill Farming Research Organisation, 1981–1987
  • Member, Council of Management, Macaulay Institute for Soil Research, 1983–1987
  • Member, Governing Body of Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, 1987–1990
  • Member, Advisory Board of Robert Gordon University Heritage Unit
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee of Scottish Natural Heritage, 1996–1999
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Panel of RSK Environment Ltd
  • Member, Mar Lodge Estate Management Committee of National Trust for Scotland
  • Editor of the Outline Studies in Ecology series

Honours[edit]

Family[edit]

In 1948, Gimingham married Elizabeth Caroline, the only daughter of the Rev. J. Wilson Baird, DD, Minister of St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen, and they have three daughters.[1]

Books[edit]

  • Ecology of Heathlands (Chapman and Hall, London, 1972)[1] ISBN 0-412-10460-1
  • An Introduction to Heathland Ecology (Oliver & Boyd, 1975)[1] ISBN 0-05-002876-6
  • Methods for the Measurement of the Primary Production of Grassland (with C. Milner, R. E. Hughes, G. R. Miller and R. O. Slayter, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1968) ISBN 0-397-60183-2
  • The Lowland Heathland Management Handbook (English Nature, Peterborough, 1992)[1]
  • Ecology, Conservation and Land Use of the Cairngorms (Packard Publishing, 1999, ed.)[1] ISBN 1-85341-117-5

Publications[edit]

  • A Note on Water-Table, Sand Movement and Plant Distribution in a North African Oasis
  • Tussock Formation in Ammophila arenaria (with P. Greig-Smith and A. R. Gemmell, New Phytologist, Vol. 46, 1947)
  • The Use of Life Form and Growth Form in the Analysis of Community Structure as Illustrated by a Comparison of Two Dune Communities (Journal of Ecology, 1951)
  • Investigation of Correlations between Growth Form and Habitat in Mosses (with Miss E.M. Burnett, British Bryological Society, 1952)
  • Development of a Soil Microflora in Relation to Plant Succession on Sand- Dunes, Including the Rhizosphere Flora Associated with Colonizing Species (with D. M. Webley and D. J. Eastwood, Journal of Ecology, 1952)
  • A Note on the Behaviour of Ammophila arenaria (L) Link. in relation to sand-dune formation (with A. R Gemmell and P. Greig-Smith, Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, 1953)
  • Ecological Studies on Growth-Form in Bryophytes: I. Correlations Between Growth-Form and Habitat (with Evelyn M. Birse, Journal of Ecology, 1957)
  • Biological Flora of the British Isles: Calluna vulgaris (Journal of Ecology, 1960)
  • Calluna Salisb. (Journal of Ecology, 1960)
  • North European Heath Communities: A Network of Variation (Journal of Ecology, 1961)
  • The Effects of Fire on Regeneration of Calluna Vulgaris (with E. Whittaker, Journal of Ecology, 1962)
  • Litter Production by Calluna Vulgaris (L.) Hull (with E. Cormack, Journal of Ecology, 1964)
  • The Monoculture of Heather Calluna Vulgaris and its effects on Hill Grazings (1960)
  • Vegetative Regeneration of Calluna Vulgaris after Fire (with A. J. Kayll, Journal of Ecology, Vol. 53, 1965)
  • Interpretation of a Vegetational Mosaic on Limestone in the Island of Gotland (with N. M. Pritchard and R. M. Cormack, Journal of Ecology, 1966)
  • Quantitative Community Analysis and Bryophyte Ecology on Signy Island (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1967)
  • The Description and Interpretation of Cyclical Processes in a Heath Community: I. Vegetational Change in Relation to the Calluna Cycle (with P. Barclay-Estrup, Journal of Ecology, 1969)
  • The Morphology of Vegetative Regeneration in Calluna vulgaris (with B. F. Mohamed, New Phytologist, 1970)
  • The Loch of Strathbeg (with W. R. P. Bourne, N. C. Morgan and R. H. Britton, Nature 242, 1973)
  • Some Effects of Fire and Grazing on Heath Vegetation (with R.J. Hobbs, Bulletin of Ecology, 1980)
  • Conservation: European Heathlands (in Ecosystems of the World, ed. R.L. Sprecht, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1981)
  • The Effects of Planting Technique on the Growth of Ammophila arenaria (with R. J. Hobbs and W. T. Band, Journal of Applied Ecology, 1983)
  • Ecological Effects of Heather Burning: I. Water Infiltration, Moisture Retention and Porosity of Surface Soil (with A. U. Mallik and A. A. Rahman, Journal of Ecology, 1984)
  • Germination and Establishment of Seedlings in Different Phases of the Calluna Life-Cycle in a Scottish Heathland (with E. Dehullu, Vegetatio, 1984)
  • Studies on Fire in Scottish Heathland Communities: I. Fire Characteristics (with R. J. Hobbs, Journal of Ecology, 1984)
  • Studies on Fire in Scottish Heathland Communities II. Post-Fire Vegetation Development (with R. J. Hobbs, Journal of Ecology, 1984)
  • Studies on Fire in Scottish Heathland Communities: III. Vital Attributes of the Species (with R. J. Hobbs and A. U. Mallik, Journal of Ecology, 1984)
  • The Use of Thermocolour Pyrometers in the Study of Heath Fire Behaviour (with R. J. Hobbs and J. E. P. Currall, Journal of Ecology, 1984)
  • Ecological Effects of Heather Burning: II Effects on Seed Germination and Vegetative Regeneration (with A. U. Mallik, Journal of Ecology, 1985)
  • Vegetation, Fire and Herbivore Interactions in Heathland (with R. J. Hobbs, Advances in Ecological Research, 1987)
  • Harnessing the Winds of Change: Heathland Ecology in Retrospect and Prospect: Presidential Address to the British Ecological Society, December 1986 (Journal of Ecology, 1987)
  • Experimental Investigation of Bryophyte Interactions on a Dry Heathland (with E. Scandrett, Journal of Ecology, 1989)
  • A Model of Calluna Population-Dynamics - the Effects of Varying Seed and Vegetative Regeneration (with E. Scandrett, Vegetatio, 1989)
  • Coastal Sand Dunes, proceedings of the Symposium organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (with W Ritchie, BB Willetts and AJ Willis, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1989)
  • Succession from Heather Moorland to Birch Woodland: I Experimental Alteration of Specific Environmental Conditions in the Field (with A. J. Hester and J. Miles, Journal of Ecology, 1991)
  • Succession from Heather Moorland to Birch Woodland: II Growth and Competition Between Vaccinium Myrtillus, Deschampsia Flexuosa and Agrostis Capillaris (with A. J. Hester and J. Miles, Journal of Ecology, 1991)
  • The Effect of Heather Beetle Lochmaea Suturalis on Vegetation in a Wet Heath in NE Scotland (with Eurig Scandrett, Ecography, 1991)
  • Succession from Heather Moorland to Birch Woodland: III Seed Availability, Germination and Early Growth (with A. J. Hester and J. Miles, Journal of Ecology, 1991)
  • Seed-Shedding in a Scottish Heath Community (with P. Barclay-Estrup, Journal of Vegetation Science, 1994)
  • An Overview of Scottish Habitats (Botanical Journal of Scotland, 2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y GIMINGHAM, Prof. Charles Henry at xreferplus.com from Who's Who online (accessed 11 November 2007)

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