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Colin James Burrows

Colin James Burrows, New Zealand plant ecology educator. Recipient Hamilton prize for Excellence as Young Scientist, Royal Society New Zealand, 1963.


  • Burrows, Colin James was born on April 19, 1931 in Methven, New Zealand. Son of Lawrence and Marian Jessie (Anderson) Burrows.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1956. Master of Science, University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1968.

      Doctor of Science, University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1982.


    • Secondary teacher Technology College, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1956-1957, Boys' High School, Timaru, New Zealand, 1958-1959. Lecturer plant ecology University Canterbury, 1960-1968, senior lecturer, 1969-1974, reader, 1975-1993, research associate, since 1993. Member professorial board University Canterbury, 1973-1975, 77-78.

      Member steering committee Canterbury Heritage Park Project, since 1996. Ecological consultant New Zealand Forest Service, Department Conservation, Electricity Corporation, Commission for Environmental, Christchurch City Council.


    • Processes of Vegetation Change
    • Covering ideas on the nature and causes of temporal change in the species composition of vegetation, this book examines in particular the diverse processes of interaction of plants with their environment and with one another, through which the species composition of vegetation becomes established.
    • Author: Processes of Vegetation Change, 1990, Genesis: A Model for the Origin of the First Hominids, 1994. Associate editor journal Royal Society New Zealand, 1971-1983. Contributor numerous articles on plant ecology, glacial chronology, Quaternary palaeobotany, and seed biology.


    Member Arthur's Pass National Park Board, Christchurch, 1968-1979, Canterbury Museum Trust Board, Christchurch, since 1979, deputy chairman, 1989-1991. Council member University of Canterbury, since 1999. Fellow Linnean Society (London).

    Member New Zealand Ecological Society (vice president 1973-1975, member council 1967-1972, 90-91, award for Outstanding Achievements in Ecological Science 1991), Canterbury Botanical Society (editor 1993-2001), New Zealand Alpine Club (member council 1958-1962), Royal Society New Zealand.



    Mountain climbing, listening to classical music, reading ancient history, gardening.


    • Married Nancy Margaret Scott, December 1957 (deceased March 1966). 1 child, Robin (deceased). Married Vivienne Louise Benzie, December 10, 1966.

      Children: Adam Scott, Julia Marion Louise.
    • father: Lawrence Burrows
    • mother: Marian Jessie (Anderson) Burrows
    • spouses: Nancy Margaret Scott
    • Vivienne Louise Benzie
    • children: Robin Burrows (deceased)
    • Adam Scott Burrows
    • Julia Marion Louise Burrows
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    Born April 19, 1931
    • 1956
      University Canterbury
    • 1959
      University Canterbury
    • 1968
      University Canterbury
    • 1982
      University Canterbury
    • 1956 - 1957
      Secondary teacher, Technology College
      Christchurch, New Zealand, New Zealand
    • 1958 - 1959
      Secondary teacher, Technology College
      Timaru, New Zealand
    • 1975 - 1993
      lecturer, plant ecology University Canterbury
      Reader, West Virginia, United States
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