Elsie M. Burrows

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Elsie May Burrows (1913–1986) was an English botanist. She graduated from the University College in Leicester where she received a B.Sc. She married in 1936, and took up her first post in Liverpool University, where she studied for the rest of her working life.

She was a founder member of the British Phycological Society and was its vice-President from 1957 to 1958. She received her Ph.D. in 1948. Her main studies were in the ecology of the macroalgae, especially Fucus and the green algae - Chlorophyta. She began collecting information for the "Seaweeds of the British Isles" in 1951. The draft manuscript of the flora was completed shortly before her death and the book was published in 1991, unfortunately she died before she was able to see it. Some specimens collected and determined by her for the Seaweed Mapping Scheme are now in the Herbarium (BEL) of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Her obituary by Professor T.A.Norton (1987) outlines the important role she played in British post-war phycology.[2]


  1. ^ IPNI.  Burrows. 
  2. ^ Norton, T.A. 1987. Elsie M. Burrows (1913 - 1986). Br. Phycol. J. 22:317 - 219.


Burrows, E.M. 1947. J. Ecol. 35: 186.

Burrows, E.M. 1958. Sublittoral algal population in Port Erin Bay, Isle of Man. Journal of the marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 37: 187 - 703.

Burrows, E.M. 1959. Growth form and environment in Enteromorpha. Bot. J. Linn. Soc.56:204 - 206.

Burrows, E.M. 1964. A preliminary list of the marine algae of the coast of Dorset. Br. Phycol. Bull. 2: 364 - 368.

Burrows, E.M. 1991. Seaweeds of the British Isles. Volume 2. Chlorophyta. Natural History Museum Publications. ISBN 0-565-00981-8

Burrows, E.M. and Lodge, S.M. 1949. Notes on the inter-relationships of Patella, Balanus and Fucus, on a semi-exposed coast. Rep. Mar. Biol. Sta. Pt. Erin, No. 62. 30 - 34.

Burrows, E.M. and Lodge, S. 1951. Autecology and the species problem in Fucus. J. mar. biol. Ass. U.K. 30: 161 - 176.

Burrows, E.M., Conway, E., Lodge, S.M. and Powell, H.T. 1954. The raising of intertidal algal zones on Fair Isle. J. Ecol. 42: 283.

Burrows, E.M., Dixon, P.S., Blackler, H., Drew-Baker, K.M., Powell, H.T., and Powell, H.G. 1957. List of marine algae collected in the district around Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire, September 19–26, 1956. Brit Phy. Bull. no.5: 21 - 31.