David Lack and the Development of Field Ornithology


1910–1973Britishornithologist and ecologist who studied Galápagos finches, producing detailed studies of natural selection and competitive exclusion in natural populations.

Keywords: ornithology; natural selection; Galápagos finches; evolution; ecology

Further Reading

Lack D (1973) My life as an amateur ornithologist. Ibis 115: 421–431 [with appreciations by six colleagues].

Lack D (1943) The Life of the Robin. London: Witherby.

Lack D (1945) The Galápagos finches (Geospizinae): a study of variation. Occasional Papers of the California Academy of Sciences 21: 1–159.

Lack D (1947a) Darwin's Finches: An Essay on the General Biological Theory of Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lack D (1947b) The significance of clutch‐size. Ibis 89: 302–352.

Lack D (1954) The Natural Regulation of Animal Numbers. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lack D (1966) Population Studies of Birds. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Perrins CM (1986) David Lambert Lack, 1910–1973. In: Williams ET and Nicholls LS (eds) Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Thorpe WH (1974) David Lambert Lack, 1910–1973. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 20: 271–293.

Weiner J (1994) The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in our Time. New York: Alfred Knopf.

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Cain, Joe(Apr 2001) David Lack and the Development of Field Ornithology. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002854]