Joseph S. Nelson

Joseph Schieser Nelson ( born April 12, 1937 in San Francisco, California; † August 9, 2011 in Alberta, Canada) was a Canadian zoologist, who dealt especially with fish.

Life and work

Joseph S. Nelson in 1960 was awarded the Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia, Master of Science in 1962 at the University of Alberta and was established in 1965 at the University of British Columbia in Casimir Charles Lindsey with the dissertation Hybridization and isolating mechanisms in Catostomus commersonii and macrocheilus Catostomus (Pisces: Catostomidae ) doctorate. He taught at the University of Alberta and was there from 1 July 2002 Emeritus.

His main areas of research were the systematics and classification of fish, taxonomic revision of Trachinoidei and Psychrolutidae, taxonomy of sticklebacks Culaea and Pungitius, pelvic skeletons of Bach sticklebacks and the biogeography of fishes of Alberta.

Nelson was in 2000 awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists ( Asih ), he received the 2002 Robert H. Gibbs, Jr. Memorial Award for his work in the scheme of Ichthyology, 2003 J. Dewey Soper Award from the Alberta society of biologists. 2006, the Alberta Centennial Medal he was awarded.

Writings (selection )

  • Fishes of the World. 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2006, ISBN 0-471-25031-7.