Guide to the Harold A. Mooney Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
December 2013
Copyright © 2014 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Overview

Call Number: SC1183
Creator: Mooney, Harold A.
Title: Harold A. Mooney papers
Dates: 2000-2001
Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Information about Access

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Ownership & Copyright

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Cite As

[identification of item], Harold A. Mooney Papers (SC1183). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Mooney entered the University of California at Berkley as a political science major, but was forced to halt his studies for economic reasons and accepted a job on a freighter traveling down the west coast of the Americas. While transiting the Panama Canal, he read in a magazine about being a collector for the United States Department of Agriculture's Plant Exploration unit, which lead to a major change in his career path. Dr. Mooney, who had taken a strong interest in plants through his activities in the mountains of California, was extremely attracted to an occupation in which he could both study plants and go on adventurous travels. So he transferred to the University of California's Santa Barbara campus, which had a plant ecology program.
In 1957, he researched the physiological processes of Arctic-Alpine plants over a vast natural range extending from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains. He studied photosynthesis and respiration of the plants using an infrared gas analyzer and equipment that he helped to design and was able to demonstrate the physiological basis for ecotypic differentiation by comparing the plants that were raised in controlled environments with naturally occurring plants. He showed that plants adapted their physiological processes to their local environments.
After he obtained his doctorate in 1960, he embarked on research into convergent evolution that showed that different plant species develop the same physiological characteristics in response to the same severe environments. He earned acclaim for demonstrating that similarities between different species were not limited to form, which had already been demonstrated, but also extended to function. He accomplished this by comparing the ecology and physiological characteristics of plants in the drought-limited Mediterranean climates in the geographically disparate California and Chilean coastal regions and Mediterranean Basin.
In the 1970s, he took a broader approach to examine not only carbon gain but carbon use by plants in an area of California ranging from the desert to the White Mountains and applied a cost-benefit approach to clarify how carbon resources are allocated to different sites in plants for photosynthesis, or various other functions. He had a significant impact on later studies into plant physiological ecology and advanced research into carbon gain and use in plants by showing in a detailed cost analysis how plants obtain carbohydrates and nitrogen, and how they distribute and store them to obtain the greatest effect with the lowest expenditure of energy.
Through these studies, Dr. Mooney showed how plant species and groups of species respond to their environments, thereby contributing to the theoretical framework of plant physiological ecology, and developed research methodologies for assessing how plants interact with their biotic environments. To date he has authored over 400 scientific books, papers and articles.
In the latter half of the 1980s, he pursued research into the effect of the invasion of different plant species on naturally occurring species under the auspices of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), setting up the first global evaluation of invasive plant species. He regarded the acceleration of problems related to invasive species due to increased international commerce with grave concern, recognized the need for joint research between naturalists and social scientists, and launched the Global Invasive Species Program with many international institutions as partners. Through such programs, he has brought awareness to the topic of the impact of human activities upon ecosystems through species introductions.
Dr. Mooney has played an international leadership role in recent years, especially with problems related to biodiversity and global warming. In addition, he has been active in building up worldwide communities and networks of ecologists and scientists in other disciplines and arranging international conferences on the environment. He played a central role in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), building up an international organization of scientists and having an influential part in setting the guidelines for the formulation of environmental policies. He has advanced numerous international research programs as Secretary General and Vice-President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Furthermore, he is working to solicit the interest of the general public in many scientific topics through the media and other channels. As president of the Ecological Society of America he helped launched the publication of a new journal called Ecological Applications that is intended to make use of ecology as a useful tool for management, and worked to promote the designation of the International Biodiversity Observation Year.
Dr. Mooney has demonstrated the importance of ecological studies in the research of changes in the global environment and helped to build the foundation for the field of global ecology. Now universities around the world are establishing global ecology research departments. He continues to work toward the development of new environmental sciences that will be required for the continued existence of humankind.

Access Terms

Ecology--Congresses.
Environmental policy--United States.
Environmental protection--Congresses.


Collection Contents

 

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Box 1, Folder 1

Contributor's Memorandum of Agreement MA Synthesis Reports undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Millennium Assessment Report Letter undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Contributor's Agreement 2003 April 30

Box 1, Folder 5

Letter from Larry R. Kohler 2000 March 27

Box 1, Folder 6

Revised Ma "Design" and Work plan 1999 Oct. 25

Box 1, Folder 7

International Ecosystem Assessment 1999 Oct. 22

Box 1, Folder 8

Institutions and Governance Strategy 1999 Dec. 17

Box 1, Folder 9

Project Brief 1999 Dec. 29

Box 1, Folder 10

Millennium Assessment Steering Committee Meeting Summary 1999 Sept.1-Oct. 1

Box 1, Folder 11

Facsimile Steering Committee Meeting Materials 1999 Aug. 30

Box 1, Folder 12

SCOPE Working Group on Scenario 1999 July 27

Box 1, Folder 13

Referee's Report World Resources Institute 1999 July 28

Box 1, Folder 14

Advisory Group Invitees - by Country 1999 June 8

Box 1, Folder 15

Moralizing Ecosystem Science to Support Human Development 1999 April 12

Box 1, Folder 16

Millennium Assessment Steering Committee 1999 Feb. 24

Box 1, Folder 17

Harold A. Mooney Biographical Sketch 1999 Jan.

Box 1, Folder 18

Draft Proposals for Consideration at Feb. 9 Steering Committee Meeting of the Millennium Assessment 1999 Jan. 14

Box 1, Folder 19

The Classic Collection 1999 Feb.

Box 1, Folder 20

Call B. Moore undated

Box 1, Folder 21

Five Parallel Ecosystem Breakout Groups 1999 Feb. 11

Box 1, Folder 22

Millennium Assessment of the State of the World's Ecosystems (3 copies) 1998 Nov.

Box 1, Folder 23

Millennium Assessment Administration 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 24

Millennium Assessment 2000 March

Box 1, Folder 25

Millennium Assessment 2000 July

Box 1, Folder 26

Millennium Assessment 2000 Aug.

Box 1, Folder 27

Millennium Assessment 2000 Sept.

Box 1, Folder 28

Millennium Assessment 2000 Oct.

Box 1, Folder 29

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Sub-Global Component: Purpose, Structure and Protocols 2000 Nov. 18

Box 1, Folder 30

Millennium Assessment 2000 Nov.

Box 1, Folder 31

Millennium Assessment Workshop 2000 Nov. 2-3

Box 1, Folder 32

Millennium Assessment 2000 Dec.

Box 1, Folder 33

Millennium Assessment 2001 Jan.

Box 1, Folder 34

Conference Calls 2001 Jan. 16-18

Box 1, Folder 35

Millennium Assessment 2001 Feb.

Box 1, Folder 36

Millennium Assessment Meetings 2001 Feb. 4-6

Box 1, Folder 37

Millennium Assessment 2001 March

Box 1, Folder 38

Millennium Assessment Meeting Montreal 2001 March

Box 1, Folder 39

Ma Synthesis Mexico City 2004 June 30-July 2

Box 1, Folder 40

MA-Synthesis 2004

Box 1, Folder 41

Synthesis/Draft 2004

Box 1, Folder 42

MA - SDM's 2004

Box 1, Folder 43

Ecosystems and their Services undated

Box 1, Folder 44

Memos - Conceptual Framework 2002

Box 1, Folder 45

CF/SP Drafts 2002

Box 1, Folder 46

MA - Conceptual Report Draft 1 Millennium Assessment 2002

Box 1, Folder 47

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being Pamphlet circa 2000

Box 1, Folder 48

Co-Chair Meeting 2002

Box 1, Folder 49

Methodology Manual undated

Box 1, Folder 50

Payment Current (blank folder) undated

Box 1, Folder 51

Biostores Purchases 2002 April-July

Box 1, Folder 52

Genesys Conferencing Service 2002 Aug. 23

Box 1, Folder 53

National Academy of Science/Affiliated Science Organizations 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 54

Wed/Thurs Co-Chairs Call 2002 Oct. 28

Box 1, Folder 55

Co-Chair Mtg. Report 2002

Box 1, Folder 56

Authors by Country 2002 Aug. 18

Box 1, Folder 57

Names to Walt Reid and Angela Cropper 2002 Oct. 14

Box 1, Folder 58

Authors by Country (2nd copy) 2002 Aug. 18

Box 1, Folder 59

CLAS (empty folder) undated

Box 1, Folder 60

Panel Member Memos 2002 July

Box 1, Folder 61

MA Tasks and Responsibilities undated

Box 1, Folder 62

Lead Arthur Nominations 2002 July

Box 2, Folder 1

Fellowship Program circa 2002

Box 2, Folder 2

MA CF/AP Mtg. Frankfurt, Germany 2002 Aug. 20-24

Box 2, Folder 3

Secretariat Business (Memos/Organizational Meetings) 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 4

General Meetings Schedule-Millennium Assessment 2002 Aug. 27

Box 2, Folder 5

MA Board 2002

Box 2, Folder 6

Background Information - MA 2002

Box 2, Folder 7

MA Core Data Sets Draft 7 2002

Box 2, Folder 8

ESA Meeting 2003

Box 2, Folder 9

Media Coverages undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Scenario Working Groups 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 11

Condition Working Groups 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 12

Launching Activities circa 2003-2004

Box 2, Folder 13

Plan de discusion nacional de productos de la Evalucion del Milenio 20 May 2003

Box 2, Folder 14

Outreach & Engagement Group 28 Aug. 2002

Box 2, Folder 15

H. Mooney DC Trip Report 2002 Dec. 3

Box 2, Folder 16

Assessment Panel Members & US-Based Working Group Members 2002 July

Box 2, Folder 17

Preliminary Report/Draft 2002 Sept. 10

Box 2, Folder 18

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment undated

Box 2, Folder 19

Teleconferencing 2001-2002

Box 2, Folder 20

DC Trip 2002 Dec. 7

Box 2, Folder 21

Note to Habbiba/ Preliminary Report/Draft 2002 Sept. 10

Box 2, Folder 22

Millennium Assessment Affiliation 2002 Oct. 25

Box 2, Folder 23

Dec. 4 Follow-up on Millennium Assessment 2002 Oct. 25

Box 2, Folder 24

Slate Dept. 2002 Dec. 4

Box 2, Folder 25

U.S. Government Meetings as of Sept. 2 2002 Sept.

Box 2, Folder 26

MEA - USFWS Contacts 2002 Sept. 15

Box 2, Folder 27

Letter to Aristides Patrinos 2002 July 18

Box 2, Folder 28

Assessment Panel Members & US-Based Working Group Members 2002 July

Box 2, Folder 29

U.S. Government Agency Meetings 2002 Sept. 9-10

Box 2, Folder 30

U.S. Officials 2002 July

Box 2, Folder 31

General Notes 2002

Box 2, Folder 32

START 2002 August

Box 2, Folder 33

Conceptual Framework 2003

Box 2, Folder 34

Draft Chapters to Secretariat 2002

Box 2, Folder 35

Working Draft Glossary MA Conceptual Framework (2 copies) undated

Box 2, Folder 36

Logistics on Revised Chaps 2 and 8 2003 Jan. 13

Box 2, Folder 37

Next MA Co-Chairs Call 2002 Dec. 22

Box 2, Folder 38

Initial Drivers Participants List 2002 Sept. 25

Box 2, Folder 39

MA Next Steps 2002 Dec. 22

Box 2, Folder 40

Thank You for Comments 2003

Box 2, Folder 41

MA Board Review Comments 2003 Feb. 11

Box 2, Folder 42

Final Revisions to MA Conceptual Framework Chapt. 2003 Feb. 20

Box 2, Folder 43

MA Secretariat - Activity Reports 2003 Feb. 27

Box 2, Folder 44

MA Secretariat Call on Feb. 27-Final 2003 Feb. 25

Box 2, Folder 45

Managed Call Confirmation 2003 Feb. 26

Box 2, Folder 46

Style Guide For Manuscript Preparation 2002 Aug. 4

Box 2, Folder 47

Information Needed for Participation in December MA Meeting 2002 Sept. 3

Box 2, Folder 48

Ecosystems and their Services undated

Box 2, Folder 49

Reviewers - Conceptual FW 2002 Aug. 31

Box 2, Folder 50

SDM-Draft 2002 Sept. 10

Box 2, Folder 51

Revised SPM email 2002 Aug. 28

Box 2, Folder 52

Ecosystems and People: A Framework for Assessment and Decision-Making Draft 2002 Aug. 27

Box 2, Folder 53

Policy Makers Summary MA 2002 Aug.

Box 2, Folder 54

Reviewers_MA_General 2002

Box 2, Folder 55

Virus 2004 March 12

Box 2, Folder 56

Warning About E-Mail Account 2004 March 3

Box 2, Folder 57

Crosscut MTG Freshwater Systems and Services 2003

Box 2, Folder 58

Crosscut Plan: Health ( Health CC Planning Notes, Agenda, Invitations, Participants, Travel/Logistics, Well-being Meeting, Key Docs, Final Report) 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 59

Drylands/ Desertification Cross-Cut Meeting (Photos, Teleconferences, Concepts + Paper, Planning, Presentations, Background Book, Agenda, Participants, Venue/Lodging, 2003

Box 2, Folder 60

Food Cross Cut 2003 May

Box 2, Folder 61

Money Travel and Expenses 2002

Box 2, Folder 62

Millennium Assessment Dec. 2001

Box 2, Folder 63

CLA Nominations KL 2002

Box 2, Folder 64

MA Secretariat Opens in Malaysia 2002 Jan.

Box 2, Folder 65

Millennium Assessment (KC Inductions) 2002 Jan.

Box 2, Folder 66

Millennium Assessment Meeting Bilthoven 2001 April

Box 2, Folder 67

Millennium Assessment 2001 April

Box 2, Folder 68

Millennium Assessment 2001 May

Box 2, Folder 69

Millennium Assessment 2001 June

Box 3, Folder 1

Millennium Assessment 2001 Aug.

Box 3, Folder 2

Millennium Assessment 2001 Oct.

Box 3, Folder 3

Millennium Assessment-Design Workshop Capetown 2001 Oct. 8-11

Box 3, Folder 4

Millennium Assessment 2001 Nov.

Box 3, Folder 5

Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (Forests, Grasslands, Freshwater Systems) 1999-2000

Box 3, Folder 6

Consultant for Millennium Ecosystem Capacity Building Draft Terms of reference 2002 Feb.

Box 3, Folder 7

MA Board Summary and Q&A's 2002 Feb. 13

Box 3, Folder 8

Breakfast Note undated

Box 3, Folder 9

Kuala Lumpar Lodging 2002 Jan. 8

Box 3, Folder 10

Flight Information 2001 Nov. 29

Box 3, Folder 11

Malaysia - Assessment Panel Meeting Information 2001 Oct. 18

Box 3, Folder 12

MA Assessment Panel and Schedule Change + Document to Revi 2001 Sept. 12

Box 3, Folder 13

Assessment Panel Meeting Response Form 2002 Jan. 15-17

Box 3, Folder 14

Co-Chair Call Agenda and Background 2002 Feb.

Box 3, Folder 15

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Assessment Panel Meeting 2002 Jan. 14- Jan. 17

Box 3, Folder 16

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board Meeting 2002 Jan. 14-Jan. 16

Box 3, Folder 17

Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627 2002 Jan. 26

Box 3, Folder 18

MA Co-Chairs Call Agenda 2002 Feb. 25

Box 3, Folder 19

Need for Follow-Up Phone Calls to CLAs 2002 Feb. 17

Box 3, Folder 20

Millennium Assessment (Blank Folder) 2002 Feb.

Box 3, Folder 21

First Workshop of the Scenarios Working Group of the Millennium Assessment Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2002 April 14-17

Box 3, Folder 22

Millennium Assessment 2002 March

Box 3, Folder 23

Millennium Assessment Trinidad 2002 April 17-21

Box 3, Folder 24

Millennium Assessment 2002 May

Box 3, Folder 25

Millennium Assessment 2002 April

Box 4, Folder 1

Millennium Assessment: 2nd meeting of the assessment panel 2001 Jun 30-Jul 1

Box 4, Folder 2

Millennium Assessment 2001 Jul

Box 4, Folder 3

Millennium Assessment 2002 Jun