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Edgar Nelson Transeau

Edgar Nelson Transeau was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on 21 October 1875. In 1897 he earned his bachelors degree at Franklin and Marshall College. Until 1902 he taught high school science in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Through 1907, he conducted plant ecology research in Michigan, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, the Great Plains states, the Western US, in British Columbia, and Nova Scotia.

In 1904 he earned his PhD from the University of Michigan, and became a professor of biology at Alma College. From 1907 to 1915 he was professor of botany at Eastern Illinois Teachers College. He began his illustrious career at The Ohio State University in 1915 and served there until his retirement in 1946 as chairman of the botany department.

Transeau’s most notable prairie work was his publication of The Prairie Peninsula in 1935; a major study that, by detailed climatological factors, accounted for the extension of the prairie environment from the West into Ohio during a much-dryer, previous historical period. Prairie Peninsula Concept

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