Laurence M. Huey

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Laurence Markham Huey
Laurence M Huey, Curator of Birds and Mammals, SDNHM (August 1925).jpg
Huey photographing a tarantula colony, Baja California, 1925. From the photographic collection of the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library.
Born (1892-09-06)September 6, 1892
San Diego, California
Died June 11, 1963(1963-06-11) (aged 70)
San Diego, California
Nationality American
Fields Ornithology, Mammalogy
Institutions San Diego Natural History Museum

Laurence Markham Huey (1892–1963) was an American zoologist and the Curator of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum from 1923 to 1961.[1] His main research field was the study of mammals and birds of California and Baja California. He also did field work on mammals and birds in Utah and Arizona, in particular at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Career[edit]

Huey was born on 6 September 1892 in Tijuana River Valley, San Diego, California. Of humble origins (Huey left school at 8th grade), he worked in a planing mill at age 15 and began his self-education in natural history. At 16, he became a Junior Member of the San Diego Society of Natural History.[2]

During a trip to Coronado Island in 1913 he met the ornithologist and mammalogist Donald Ryder Dickey with whom he worked for the next ten years. In 1923 he became curator of mammals and birds at the San Diego Natural History Museum until he retired in 1961. From January 1946 to February 1947 he served as acting director of the museum.[1]

Huey published over 200 articles, several of them in the ornithological journals The Auk and The Condor as well as in the Journal of Mammalogy, and the Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History. He described mammal species and subspecies from several families, including Dipodomys gravipes,[3] Peromyscus crinitus pallidissimus,[4] Perognathus alticolus inexpectatus,[5] Dipodomys panamintinus argusensis,[6] Perognathus longimembris internationalis, and Sylvilagus bachmani howelli. He also described some bird taxa, including Nyctanassa violacea bancrofti,[7] Cardinalis cardinalis seftoni,[8] Egretta tricolor occidentalis,[9] and Megascops kennicottii cardonensis. Overall he is named as author or co-author of 84 species and subspecies.

Professional Societies[edit]

At age 16, Huey became a junior member of the San Diego Society of Natural History and in 1923 became a charter member of the Fellows of the Society. He later served terms as president and secretary. He was a member of the American Ornithologists' Union from 1920 (an elective member from 1932). Other professional memberships included the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Wilson Ornithological Society, the American Society of Mammalogists, the Society of Systematic Zoology, and the Biological Society of Washington.[2][10]

He died in San Diego, California on 11 June 1963.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History of our museum: Huey, Laurence (1892-1963)". theNAT: San Diego Natural History Museum. 
  2. ^ a b Howard, H (Apr 26, 1965). "Obituaries - Laurence Markham Huey". The Auk 82 (2): 232. 
  3. ^ Huey, L. M. (1925). "Two new kangaroo rats of the genus Dipodomys from Lower California". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 38: 83–84. 
  4. ^ Huey, L. M. (1931). "A new subspecies of Peromyscus from the Gulf Coast of Lower California, Mexico". Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 6: 389–390. 
  5. ^ Huey, L. M. (1926). "A new Perognathus from the vicinity of Mount Pinos, Kern County, California". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 39: 121–122. 
  6. ^ Huey, L. M. (1945). "A new race of kangaroo rat from the Argus Mountains, California" (PDF). Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 10: 131–132. 
  7. ^ Huey, L. M. (1927). "A Pacific Coast Race of the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron". Condor 29 (3): 167–168. doi:10.2307/1363084. 
  8. ^ Huey, L. M. (1940). "A new Cardinal from central Lower California, Mexico". Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 9: 215–218. 
  9. ^ Huey, L. M. (1927). "A new Louisiana Heron and a new Round-tailed Ground Squirrel from Lower California, Mexico". Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 5: 83–86. 
  10. ^ "Noted naturalist L. M. Huey dies". San Diego Union. June 12, 1963. pp. A–21, A–24. 

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