The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
catalogued about half a dozen vascular plant specimens collected by Madeline
More specimens will without doubt be found as our cataloguing
continues. Other herbaria which curate
specimens collected by Dr. Burbanck include CM,
CLEMS, WILLI, DSC, GEO, LSU, MUHW, UNCC, MISSA, MO, GA, USCH, and VSC.
Dr. Burbanck was
born Madeline Palmer in Moorestown, New Jersey. Her parents were Rev. E. W. and Margaret
Hopkins Palmer. For her early
education, she attended Moorestown Friends School. She was a graduate of Wellesley College,
having earned a B. A. in 1935 and a M. A. in botany in 1939. She earned a doctorate in botany from the
University of Chicago in 1941; the title of her thesis was “Cytological and
taxonomic studies on the genus Brodiaea”. (Her spouse, William Burbanck,
received a doctorate in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1941.)
Dr. Burbanck taught
at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, then at Emory University in
Atlanta, Georgia. The Burbanck’s property was dedicated on Earth Day 2007 as “Burbanck Park,” and it is owned and managed as greenspace
by Emory University.
In addition to research on the flora of
granite outcrops, Madeline Burbanck was a research
collaborator with her husband on the genetic variation and distribution of
estuarine isopods, Cyathura polita in
particular. Cyathura madelinae Hackney & Ganucheau was named in her honor in 1989.*
Madeline Palmer Burbanck
died at age 92 in Newport News, Virginia on 1 January 2007. She was survived by her children, Melinda
* Hackney, C. T. and R. F. Ganucheau (1989) A new species of Cyathura (Isopoda, Anthuridae) from a high intertidal marsh in North
Carolina, U.S.A. Crustaceana
PUBLICATIONS (incomplete list):
Burbanck, Madeline P. and Donald L. Phillips. 1983.
Evidence of plant succession on granite outcrops of the Georgia
Piedmont. Am. Midland Naturalist
Parker, E. D., Jr., W. D. Burbanck, M. P. Burbanck, and W. W. Anderson. 1981.
Genetic differentiation and speciation in the estuarine isopods Cyathura polita and Cyathura burbancki. Estuaries 4(3): 213-219.
Leslie, Kent A. and Madeline P. Burbanck. 1979.
Vegetation of granitic outcroppings at Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb County,
Burbanck, Madeline P., W. D. Burbanck,
M. J. Dadswell, and G. F. Gillis. 1979.
Occurrence and biology of Cyathura polita (Stimpson) (Isopoda,
Anthuridae) in Canada. Crustaceana 37(1): 31-38.
Burbanck, Madeline P. and W. D. Burbanck. 1974.
Sex reversal of female Cyathura polita (Stimpson, 1855)
(Isopoda, Anthuridae). Crustaceana
Burbanck, Madeline P. and Robert B. Platt. 1964.
Granite outcrop communities of the Piedmont Plateau in Georgia. Ecology 45(2): 292-306.
Brubanck, W. D. and Madeline P. Burbanck. 1961.
Variations in the dorsal pattern of Cyathura polita (Stimpson)
from estuaries along the coasts of eastern United States and the Gulf of
Mexico. Biological Bulletin 121
Burbanck, W. D., John P. Edwards, and Madeline P. Burbanck.
1948. Toleration of lowered
oxygen tension by cave and stream crayfish.
Ecology 29(3): 30-367.
Burbanck, Madeline Palmer. 1944. Cytological and taxonomic studies in the
Gazette 105(3): 339-345.
Burbanck, Madeline Palmer. 1941.
Cytological and taxonomic studies in the genus Brodiaea. Botanical Gazette 103(2): 247-265.