Hurd Elected Fellow in Linnean

W&L Biology Professor Lawrence E. Hurd Elected Fellow in Linnean Society

News Writer

Lexington, Virginia • November 9, 2010

Lawrence E. Hurd, the Herwick Professor of Biology at Washington and Lee University, was recently elected as a fellow in the Linnean Society. The Linnean Society, based in London, is the premier professional society for taxonomy and natural history.

The Journal of the Linnean Society is one of the major outlets for publishing natural history and systematics articles. Charles A. Darwin (with A. R. Wallace) first presented his ideas on natural selection to this society, although it is recorded that most of the membership did not at the time fully grasp the importance of his theory.

The Linnean Collections include some original papers of Darwin’s, as well as historically important communications from many other scientists of the day.

Hurd’s membership was initiated by a nomination from Miguel Petrere, a leading Brazilian scientist, whom Hurd had met while doing research in Brazil. The election came after a vote of the current membership.

Hurd joined the Washington and Lee faculty in 1993 as a full professor and served as head of the biology department for 15 years. Previously, he was a professor of biology at the University of Delaware for 20 years. He is currently editor in chief of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America and fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London.

In 2008 he was named to the John T. Herwick, M.D., Professorship in Biology, which was created by Dr. John T. Herwick, W&L Class of 1936, and his wife, Mary T. Herwick, as a memorial to Oscar E. and Edith D. Herwick, Dr. Herwick’s parents. .

Hurd has authored more than 90 publications in journals including Science, American Naturalist, Ecology, Environmental Entomology and Animal Behaviour. He is also co-editor of “The Praying Mantids” (Johns Hopkins Press, 1999).

Hurd’s research interests include tropical biodiversity, indicator species and human coexistence with nature; plant community succession and arthropod consumer diversity; and what regulates predator populations.

A graduate of Hiram College, Hurd received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.


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