Nebraska Authors

Edith Schwartz Clements

Born 1874-10-05 Albany, NY (USA)

Died 1971-06-30
La Jolla, CA (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Wyuka Cemetery

Edith Clements was a botanist and pioneer of botanical ecology who was the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Nebraska. She was married to botanist Frederic Clements, with whom she collaborated throughout her professional life. They were praised as "the most illustrious husband-wife team since the Curies." Together they founded the Alpine Laboratory, a research station at Pikes Peak, Colorado. Clements was also a botanical artist who illustrated her own books as well as joint publications with Frederic.

Places Lived

Albany, NY
Lincoln, NE
Minneapolis, MN
Pikes Peak, CO
San Diego, CA
Tucson, AZ

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Ecology; Flowers; Prairie Ecology


Bachelor of Arts in German Degree, 1898, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., 1904, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Professor of Ecology

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
University of Nevada
Tucson Institute
Coastal Laboratory, Santa Barbara, CA
Alpine Laboratory, Pikes Peak, CO


Nominated for the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2012


Married to fellow ecologist Frederic Edward Clements
Friend of Willa Cather
Phi Beta Kappa
Kappa Alpha Theta


Rocky Mountain Flowers. 1914. (with Frederic E. Clements)
Flowers of Coast and Sierra. 1928.
Flower Families and Ancestors. 1928. (with Frederic E. Clements)
Flowers of Prairie and Woodland. 1947.
Adventures in Ecology: Half a Million Miles: From Mud to Macadam. 1960.

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