SUMNER, Francis Bertody

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SUMNER, Francis Bertody (1874-1945) was born in Pomfret, Connecticut. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1894. He attended graduate school in zoology at Columbia University. In 1903 Sumner married Barnard College graduate, Margaret Elizabeth Clark. That same year he was appointed director of the laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries at Woods Hole.

A two-year voyage aboard the Albatross took him to California where he became a permanent member of staff at Scripps Institution for Biological Research. He developed an interest in the geographic distribution of deer mice Peromyscus in relation to their environment, but when Scripps became an institution of Oceanography, he changed his research focus to fishes.

Sumner was a board member of the nascent Western Society of Naturalists in 1916.

F. B. Sumner was the uncle of Eustace Lowell Sumner.


Francis Bertody Sumner = [1903] Margaret Elizabeth Clark (1876-1867)

  • 1. Florence Anne Sumner [Henderson] (1905-1988)
  • 2. Elizabeth Caroline Sumner [French] (1913-2010)
  • 3. Herbert Clark Sumner (1917-1978)


Sumner, F. B. 1924. The American Naturalist 58:481-505


Sumner Family-1975. (La Jolla, CA)

Wikipedia: Francis Bertody Sumner

Biographical Memoir


Sumner collected on:

  • Islas Coronados (1921, 1922)



In the News~

April 29, 1937 [The Californian]: “Academy of Science honors Californians. Washington—The National Academy of Sciences, in convention here Thursday, elected 15 new members... Francis Boertody Sumner, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, California...”


Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209679 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209681 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209682 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209684 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209687 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209690 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209691 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209692 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209694 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209695 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner MVZ April 1, 1921 MVZ-209698 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32888 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32889 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32890 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32891 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32892 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32893 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32849 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32895 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32896 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals
Islas Coronados F. B. Sumner and J. S. Dixon MVZ July 24, 1922 MVZ-32897 Peromyscus maniculatus assimilis Mammals