Helen Thompson Gaige

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BornHelen Thompson Gaige_header_cell_0_1_0 1889 Q3129610?uselang=en#P569

Bad Axe Q3129610?uselang=en#P19Helen Thompson Gaige_cell_0_1_1

DiedHelen Thompson Gaige_header_cell_0_2_0 1976 Q3129610?uselang=en#P570 (aged 86–87)Helen Thompson Gaige_cell_0_2_1
Alma materHelen Thompson Gaige_header_cell_0_3_0 Helen Thompson Gaige_cell_0_3_1
OccupationHelen Thompson Gaige_header_cell_0_4_0 Zoologist, herpetologist, editor Q3129610?uselang=en#P106Helen Thompson Gaige_cell_0_4_1
EmployerHelen Thompson Gaige_header_cell_0_5_0 Helen Thompson Gaige_cell_0_5_1
Spouse(s)Helen Thompson Gaige_header_cell_0_6_0 Frederick M. Gaige Q3129610?uselang=en#P26Helen Thompson Gaige_cell_0_6_1

Helen Beulah Thompson Gaige (November 24, 1890 – October 24, 1976) was an American herpetologist, curator of Reptiles and Amphibians for the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan, and a specialist in neotropical frogs. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_0

Gaige was born in Bad Axe, Michigan, and studied at the University of Michigan with Frank Nelson Blanchard, under professor Alexander Grant Ruthven. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_1

From 1910 until 1923 she was an assistant curator of reptiles and amphibians for the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_2

In 1923 she became curator of amphibians. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_3

In 1928, she co-authored The Herpetology of Michigan with Ruthven. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_4

In 1937 she became editor in chief of the ichthyological and herpetological periodical Copeia, and wrote extensively on Central American amphibians and reptiles. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_5

Her research chiefly concerned the geographical distribution, habitats, and life histories of amphibians. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_6

In 1917 she discovered the salamander genus Rhyacotriton, which would later be divided into four distinct species. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_7

She also assisted in organizing the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, of which she was named honorary president in 1946. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_8

She is further honored by having several species and subspecies of reptiles named after her, including Atractus gaigeae, Dipsas gaigeae, Epicrates cenchria gaigeae, Lepidophyma gaigeae, Plestiodon multivirgatus gaigeae, Podarcis gaigeae, Rhadinaea gaigeae, Sceloporus lundelli gaigeae, Sphaerodactylus gaigeae, Sphenomorphus helenae, and Trachemys gaigeae. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_9

The latter she collected the first specimen of on a trip to the Big Bend region of Texas in 1928. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_10

She was married to entomologist Frederick McMahon Gaige. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_11

In honor of the couple, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists presents its annual Gaige Fund Award, a monetary grant to help a graduate student in the field of herpetology. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_12

She died in Gainesville, Florida. Helen Thompson Gaige_sentence_13

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