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Taxonomy, Ecology and Conservation: The Life and Tides of Joel Walker Hedgpeth

Date: 04/17/2014

April 9 - June 20, 2014
University Library, 1st Floor Elevator Lobby

The spring term library exhibit features books and documents from the archive of Dr. Joel Walker Hedgpeth (1911-2006).poster for Hedgpath exhibit

Dr. Hedgpeth was a key figure in marine biology and oceanography, first along the inter-tidal coast of California and Oregon, the gulf coast of Texas, and then across the world. He was a skilled illustrator and editor, and authored many publications. With a distinctive voice, he lectured widely and influenced many students of marine and estuarine biology.

Hedgpeth's primary field was taxonomy, and he specialized in Pycnogonida, a group of marine arthropods known as "sea spiders." However, his life and work included many friendships and relationships with key people in biology and other fields, including John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, Aldo Leopold, C. S. Lewis and Joseph Campbell. He was a supporter of women in science including Olga Hartman, Libbie Henrietta Hyman and S. M. Manton. There is a unique history here to be enjoyed.

Exhibit courtesy of the Estate of Joel W. Hedgpeth

Curated by Randall W. Smith and Gretta Siegel

Photo of Joel Hedgpath with a large fish

Joel W. Hedgpeth, fish-wrangling in Texas during his early career.


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