|Born||January 19, 1859|
|Died||October 30, 1953 (aged 94)|
|Resting place||Toronto Necropolis|
|Author abbrev. (botany)||Eastw.|
Alice Eastwood (January 19, 1859 – October 30, 1953) was a Canadian American botanist. She is credited with building the botanical collection at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco. She published over 310 scientific articles and authored 395 land plant species names, the fourth-highest number of such names authored by any female scientist. There are seventeen currently recognized species named for her, as well as the genera Eastwoodia and Aliciella.
Alice Eastwood was born on January 19, 1859, in Toronto, Canada to Colin Skinner Eastwood and Eliza Jane Gowdey Eastwood. The family moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1873. In 1879, she graduated as valedictorian from Shawa Convent Catholic High School, in Denver. For the next ten years, Eastwood would teach at her alma mater, forgoing a college education.
She was a self-taught botanist, and relied on knowledge from published botany manuals including Grey's Manual and the Flora of Colorado. Her botanical knowledge led her to being asked to guide Alfred Russel Wallace up the summit of Grays Peak in Denver. Eastwood was also a member of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell's Colorado Biological Association.
In 1891, after reviewing Eastwood's specimen collection in Denver, Mary Katharine Brandegee, Curator of the Botany Department at the California Academy of Sciences, hired Eastwood to assist in the Academy's Herbarium. There Eastwood oversaw tremendous growth of the Herbarium. In 1892, Eastwood was promoted to a position as joint curator of the Academy with Brandegee. By 1894, with the retirement of Brandegee, Eastwood was procurator and Head of the Department of Botany, a position she held until her 1949 retirement.
She died in San Francisco on October 30, 1953. The Academy retains a collection of her papers and works.
In her early botanical work, Eastwood made collecting expeditions in Colorado and the Four Corners region. She became close with the Wetherill Family, and visited Alamo Ranch in Mesa Verde often, beginning in July 1889. Long before that, she was considered a part of the family, and so did not sign the guest register on later trips. Each time Eastwood visited, she was particularly welcomed by Al Wetherill, who shared a sincere interest in her work. In 1892, he served as her guide on a 10-day trip to southeastern Utah to collect desert plants.
Eastwood also made collecting expeditions to the edge of the Big Sur region, which at the end of the 19th century was a virtual frontier, since no roads penetrated the central coast beyond the Carmel Highlands. In those excursions she discovered several plants theretofore unknown, including Eastwood's willow and Hickman's potentilla.
Eastwood was credited with saving the Academy's type plant collection after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Departing from the curatorial conventions of her era, Eastwood segregated the type specimens from the main collection. This classification system permitted her, upon entering the burning building, readily to retrieve nearly 1500 specimens.
After the earthquake, before the Academy had constructed a new building, Eastwood studied in herbaria in Europe and other U.S. regions, including the Gray Herbarium, the New York Botanical Garden, the British Museum, and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. In 1912, with completion of the new Academy facilities at Golden Gate Park, Eastwood returned to the position of curator of the herbarium and reconstructed the lost part of the collection. She went on numerous collecting vacations in the Western United States, including Alaska (1914), Arizona, Utah and Idaho. By keeping the first set of each collection for the Academy and exchanging the duplicates with other institutions, Eastwood was able to build the collection, Abrams noting that she contributed "thousands of sheets to the Academy's herbarium, personally accounting for its growth in size and representation of western flora". By 1942 she had built the collection to about one third of a million specimens, nearly three times the number of specimens destroyed in the 1906 fire.
Eastwood is credited with publishing over 310 articles during her career. She served as editor of Zoe and as an assistant editor for Erythea before the 1906 earthquake, and founded a journal, Leaflets of Western Botany (1932–1966), with John Thomas Howell. Eastwood was director of the San Francisco Botanical Club for several years throughout the 1890s. In 1929, she helped to form the American Fuchsia Society.
- There are currently seventeen recognized species named for Eastwood, as well as the genera Eastwoodia and Aliciella.
- A member of the California Academy of Sciences since 1892, she was unanimously elected an honorary member of the Academy in 1942.
- In 1959, the CAS opened the Eastwood Hall of Botany
- In 1903 she was one of only two of the few women listed in American Men of Science to be denoted, by a star, as being considered to be among the top 25% of professionals in their discipline.
- In 1949, in recognition of her achievements, the American Fuchsia Society awarded her with its Medal of Achievement.
- She was honored in the binomial name of Boletus eastwoodiae, an attractive though poisonous bolete of western North America which she collected. However, this was renamed Boletus pulcherrimus due to a misidentification of type material. It still bears the common name of Alice Eastwood's bolete.
- Eastwood worked to save a redwood grove in Humboldt County, which was later named Alice Eastwood Memorial Grove.
Plant species named after Eastwood
- Agoseris apargioides var. eastwoodiae (woolly goat chicory, Eastwood's seaside agoseris, Beach Dandelion)
- Amsinckia eastwoodiae (Eastwood's Fiddleneck)
- Delphinium parryi ssp. eastwoodiae (Eastwood's larkspur)
- Fritillaria eastwoodiae (Butte County fritillary)
- Salix eastwoodiae (Eastwood's willow)
- Aliciella latifolia
- Erigeron aliceae
- Eastwoodia elegans
- Erythranthe (Mimulus) eastwoodiae(Eastwood's Monkeyflower)
Genera named after Eastwood
Selected publications online
- Bergen's botany (1901) With Joseph Young Bergen.
- A flora of the South Fork of Kings River (1902)
- Leaflets of western botany Vol. 1-10 with index (1932–1966) With J.T. Howell.
- Zoe: a biological journal Vol. 3-4. (1892) With K.L. Brandegee and T.S. Brandegee. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- A Handbook of the Trees of California (1905) San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences.
- "Eastwood, Alice". A Dictionary of the Fushcia. Fushcias in the City. 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- Lindon, Heather L.; Gardiner, Lauren M.; Brady, Abigail; Vorontsova, Maria S. (5 May 2015). "Fewer than three percent of land plant species named by women: Author gender over 260 years". Taxon. 64 (2): 209–215. doi:10.12705/642.4. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
- "Eastwood, Alice, 1859-1953, Biographical History". California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- Rebecca Morin, MLIS & MAS, User Services Librarian, California Academy of Sciences. "Celebrating Women's History Month: Alice Eastwood". Biodiversity Heritage Library. Retrieved 6 March 2015.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Cockerell, Theodore D.A. (2004). Weber, William A. (ed.). The Valley of the Second Sons: Letters of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, a young English naturalist, writing to his sweetheart and her brother about his life in West Cliff, Wet Mountain Valley, Colorado, 1887-1890. Longmont, Colorado: Pilgrims Process. p. viii. ISBN 978-0971060999.
- Fletcher, Maurine, S. (1977). The Wetherills of Mesa Verde: Autobiography of Benjamin Alfred Wetherill. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 210.
- McNitt, Frank (1966) . Richard Wetherill: Anasazi (Revised ed.). Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. p. 86.
- DeBakcsy, Dale (September 19, 2018). "A Bay of Botany: Alice Eastwood's Nine Decades and Three Hundred Thousand Specimens". Women You Should Know. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
- IPNI. Eastw.
- "Biography of Alice Eastwood". Bristlecone chapter, CNPS. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- Thiers HD, Halling RE (1976). "California Boletes V:Two New Species of Boletus". Mycologia. Mycologia, Vol. 68, No. 5. 68 (5): 976–83. doi:10.2307/3758713. JSTOR 3758713.
- "Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, Mimulus eastwoodiae". www.swcoloradowildflowers.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
- Abrams, Leroy (1949). "Alice Eastwood: Western Botanist". Pacific Discovery. 2 (1): 14–17.
- Howell, John Thomas (1953). "Alice Eastwood: 1859-1953". Taxon. 3 (4): 98–100. JSTOR 1217779.
- F.M. MacFarland, R.C. Miller and John Thomas Howell (1943–1949). "Biographical Sketch of Alice Eastwood". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. Fourth series. 25: ix–xiv.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link) CS1 maint: date format (link)
- F.M. MacFarland and Veronica J. Sexton (1943–1949). "Bibliography of the Writings of Alice Eastwood". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. Fourth series. 25: xv–xxiv.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link) CS1 maint: date format (link)
- Biography of Alice Eastwood
- C. Michael Hogan. 2011. Alice Eastwood Biography. Encyclopedia of Earth, National Council on Science and the Environment, Washington DC
- Works by Alice Eastwood available online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
- Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Fourth series, Vol. XXV available online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
- Inventory to the papers of Alice Eastwood at the California Academy of Sciences Library