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Institute of Ecology records, Howard Thomas Odum interview

Institute of Ecology records, Howard Thomas Odum interview

Descriptive Summary

Title: Institute of Ecology records, Howard Thomas Odum interview
Creator: Odum, Howard T. (Howard Thomas), 1924-2002
Inclusive Dates: 1984 December 7
Language: English
Extent: 1 interview(s) (40.0 minutes)
Collection Number: UA97-066_0012-1
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Howard T. Odum was an influential ecologist who made pioneering contributions to systems theory, ecosystem ecology, ecological engineering, environmental science, and ecological economics.

Odum began his formal education as a student of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He suspended his education during World War II to serve with the Army Air Force in Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone where he worked as a tropical meterology. He later returned to North Carolina where he completed his B.S. in zoology in 1947. In 1950 Odum earned his Ph.D. in zoology at Yale University.

He was a professor at the University of Florida from 1970 until his death in 2002. Over the course of his career Odum would write fifteen books, nearly 300 articles and would chair nearly 100 doctoral dissertations. He was the son of sociologist Howard W. Odum, and the brother of the ecologist Eugene Odum, with whom he would write the popular ecology textbook Fundamentals of Ecology.

Scope and Content

Howard Odum discusses the Institute of Ecology, including its origins, its approaches to research, its relationship with colleges and universities, its structural and funding challenges, and its demise.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Institute of Ecology records, Howard Thomas Odum interview, har-ua97-66_0012-1, University of Georgia Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Conditions Governing Use

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use).

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Ecological Society of America
Institute of Ecology
Odum, Howard T. (Howard Thomas), 1924-2002
Oral histories (document genres)

Related Collections in this Repository

Institute of Ecology records, UA97-066 and Ecological Society of America records, UA97-061.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Howard Thomas Odum interview Access Online