Edwin J. Crossman Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Edwin J. Crossman

Edwin John Crossman was born in NiagaraFalls, Ontario, in 1929, did his Bachelor's degree at Queen's and Master's at Torontoon the biology of a muskellunge population at Nogies Creek near Bobcageon,Ontario. For his doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia hestudied the dynamics of a high-density population of redside shiners inrelation to rainbow trout in Pinatan Lake. In 1957, he took a curatorialposition at the Royal Ontario Musuem and as a faculty member, Department ofZoology, University of Toronto. Ed focused much of his research on esocidfishes - the pike family - including muskellunge, pike, redfin pickerel andgrass pickerel. His interests spanned ecology, behavior, biology andsystematics. Ed was a student of fishes in general and after a dozen years ofcollaboration with curatorial colleague W. Beverly Scott, they produced theFreshwater Fishes of Canada, some 900 pages of information on every knownfreshwater fish in Canadian waters.

Dr. Crossman contributed to manyactivities within the Museum, expanding the Reference Collection of Fishes,most especially the distribution of species within Ontario, and the creation ofa new public gallery of fishes. Within the Zoology Department, ProfessorCrossman taught the ichthyology course and trained a dozen graduate students.He was called on for advice by both the federal and provincial governments intheir concerns for threatened and endangered species (COSEWIC and COSSARO). TheAmerican Fisheries Society publishes the Common and Scientific Names of theFishes of the United States and Canada each decade. Dr. Crossman worked threeyears on the most recent version which included the fauna of Mexico plus commonnames in English, French and Spanish. Ed volunteered his expertise to manyorganizations in Canada, U.S.A., Britain and Germany. In Ontario, he wasespecially active in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters plus MuskiesCanada, and dogmatic in exposing the ways in which alien species gained accessto Ontario lakes and streams. Ed was called on often to judge in fishingcontests, and this lead to research initiatives to understand the relationshipbetween age, length, weight and fecundity in angled fish, including those oftrophy size. He found pleasure in catching, preparing and eating fish. Hisresearch and public service diminished only slightly after mandatory retirementfrom the Royal Ontario Museum in 1995. In 2000, the Great Lakes FisheryCommission honored Ed Crossman with the Jack Christis / Ken Loftus Award "fordistinguished contributions to a health Great Lakes ecosystem".

Edwin John Crossman was born in NiagaraFalls, Ontario, in 1929, did his Bachelor's degree at Queen's and Master's at Torontoon the biology of a muskellunge population at Nogies Creek near Bobcageon,Ontario. For his doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia hestudied the dynamics of a high-density population of redside shiners inrelation to rainbow trout in Pinatan Lake. In 1957, he took a curatorialposition at the Royal Ontario Musuem and as a faculty member, Department ofZoology, University of Toronto. Ed focused much of his research on esocidfishes - the pike family - including muskellunge, pike, redfin pickerel andgrass pickerel. His interests spanned ecology, behavior, biology andsystematics. Ed was a student of fishes in general and after a dozen years ofcollaboration with curatorial colleague W. Beverly Scott, they produced theFreshwater Fishes of Canada, some 900 pages of information on every knownfreshwater fish in Canadian waters.

Edwin J. CrossmanDr. Crossman contributed to manyactivities within the Museum, expanding the Reference Collection of Fishes,most especially the distribution of species within Ontario, and the creation ofa new public gallery of fishes. Within the Zoology Department, ProfessorCrossman taught the ichthyology course and trained a dozen graduate students.He was called on for advice by both the federal and provincial governments intheir concerns for threatened and endangered species (COSEWIC and COSSARO). TheAmerican Fisheries Society publishes the Common and Scientific Names of theFishes of the United States and Canada each decade. Dr. Crossman worked threeyears on the most recent version which included the fauna of Mexico plus commonnames in English, French and Spanish. Ed volunteered his expertise to manyorganizations in Canada, U.S.A., Britain and Germany. In Ontario, he wasespecially active in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters plus MuskiesCanada, and dogmatic in exposing the ways in which alien species gained accessto Ontario lakes and streams. Ed was called on often to judge in fishingcontests, and this lead to research initiatives to understand the relationshipbetween age, length, weight and fecundity in angled fish, including those oftrophy size. He found pleasure in catching, preparing and eating fish. Hisresearch and public service diminished only slightly after mandatory retirementfrom the Royal Ontario Museum in 1995. In 2000, the Great Lakes FisheryCommission honored Ed Crossman with the Jack Christis / Ken Loftus Award "fordistinguished contributions to a health Great Lakes ecosystem."