Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat

1830–1923

American botanist and entomologist. Née Davis; married Joseph Treat in 1863. Moved to Vineland, New Jersey, in 1868 to join the intellectual and agricultural community established by Charles Landis. Wrote many scientific and popular works on plants and insects from 1869. Separated from her husband in 1874 and supported herself by her writing and by collecting plant and insect specimens. Corresponded with CD, Asa Gray, C. V. Riley, August Forel, and Gustav Mayr. Advocate of the theory of natural selection. Her most notable research was on the anatomy and behaviour of harvesting ants, and on carnivorous plants.

Sources: Burstyn ed. 1990. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)

For more information see:

http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/gender/2011/10/12/the-public-and-private-face-of-mary-treat/