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Eugene Odum research files: Eniwetok Atoll, old-field plant specimens, and Southern Nuclear Task Force

Eugene Odum research files: Eniwetok Atoll, old-field plant specimens, and Southern Nuclear Task Force

Descriptive Summary

Title: Eugene Odum research files: Eniwetok Atoll, old-field plant specimens, and Southern Nuclear Task Force
Creator: Odum, Eugene Pleasants, 1913-2002
Inclusive Dates: 1950-1970
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet
Collection Number: UA06-032
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Eugene Odum (1913-2002) was an influential University of Georgia instructor from 1940 until his retirement in 1984. He is considered to be the "Father of Modern Ecology" and was the author of the pioneering book Fundamentals of Ecology. Odum was instrumental in the creation of the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory near Aiken, S.C., and the Sapelo Island Marine Science Institute.

Scope and Content

Most of this collection consists of materials related to the important 1954 expedition to Eniwetok Atoll taken by Dr. Eugene Odum and his brother, Dr. Howard Odum. Dr. Odum's biographer, Dr. Betty Jean Craige, wrote about the expedition in "A Tribute to Eugene P. Odum" in the University of Georgia's Research Magazine in the summer of 2002: "Because he himself had focused primarily on the biological sciences, Gene appreciated opportunities to collaborate with his younger brother Howard Thomas Odum, who had studied the physical sciences. After spending the summer of 1954 doing research together on the coral reefs of the Eniwetok Atoll, the young ecologists showed in an award-winning paper that symbiosis maintained an equilibrium between corals and algae. Gene came to believe that symbiosis worked similarly in social systems: that interdependence leads to cooperation and hence to social stability. ...The paper, "Trophic Structure and Productivity of a Windward Coral Reef Community on Eniwetok Atoll," published in Ecological Monographs in 1955, won the Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America in 1956." Other research-related materials are included in the collection, including a set of plant specimens collected in Clarke County in relation to the class Ecology 353.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Originally these materials were located in UGA 97-047, a collection of books and journals that belonged to Dr. Odum. They have been extracted to make them more accessible to researchers.

Preferred Citation

Eugene Odum Research Files: Eniwetok Atoll, Old-Field Plant Specimens, Southern Nuclear Task Force, etc., 1950-1970. University Archives, UA06-032.001, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG4-5 (Institute of Ecology)

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Coral reef ecology -- Marshall Islands -- Enewetak Atoll.
Enewetak Atoll (Marshall Islands)
Odum, Eugene Pleasants, 1913-2002
Odum, Howard T. (Howard Thomas), 1924-2002
Plantae (kingdom)
Plants -- Georgia -- Clarke County.
Research (document genre)
Southern Interstate Nuclear Board
University of Georgia -- Faculty

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Eugene Odum Collection, Correspondence 1945 - 1982; Eugene Odum Papers-Institute of Ecology, 1937-1990; Eugene Odum administrative papers, Institute of Ecology, 1950-1980.; Odum, Eugene - reprints of his articles, 1935 - 1980 & articles by Savannah River Ecological Lab personnel; Georgia Room Vertical Folders filed under "Odum, Eugene P., Dr."

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Eniwetok Atoll Logbook, 1954
12Brief report, Eniwetok study, submitted to AEC
13Report on research accomplished at the Eniwetok Marine Laboratory during the summer of 1954
14Coral reef paper – early drafts
15"Trophic Structure and Productivity of a Winward Coral Reef Community on Eniwetok Atoll" [manuscript]
16Coral reef ms. – recopied pages
17Eniwetok Atoll – loose manuscript pages
18Coral reef data
19Coral reef figures
110Eniwetok correspondence, 1953-1955
111Identified corals by Wells, Eniwetok [John Wells of Cornell]
112Eniwetok – miscellaneous items
113Aerial photos, Eniwetok, July 1954
114Contour chart of Eniwetok Atoll, 1954
115Coral reef papers – Contouras
116Reef Technology Index proposal announcement
117Southern Interstate Nuclear Board.  Task Force for Nuclear Power Policy, 1970
118Southern Nuclear Task Force committee studies, I, 1970
119Southern Nuclear Task Force committee studies, II, 1970
120Southern Nuclear Task Force committee studies, III, 1970
121Wildlife photographs; University of Georgia wildlife conservation truck phonograph, c. 1950 and wildlife trapping chart, 1954-1955
122Checklist, Mammals of Georgia
123Draft maps relating to ranges of birds
21One-Year Fields, Athens, Ga., September Dominants, Herbarium Specimens, Ecology 353
22Ecology Class old-field herbarium [specimens, Ecology 353]