This collection contains papers which document the career of conservation biologist Raymond F. Dasmann, covering his career
as a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, his field research and publications, and his professional
activities for a number of environmental organizations. The collection includes drafts and manuscripts and reprints of his
numerous books, journal articles, and reports; correspondence with editors, publishers, and colleagues; field notes and maps
from his research; teaching materials such as lecture notes, syllabi, and course readers; materials from his participation
in numerous conferences and symposia; biographical material including resumes and obituaries; manuscripts of his writings
and research during graduate school; personal materials including his calendars and planners; and research materials that
informed his own work. The forms of materials in this collection include journals, notebooks, newspaper clippings, magazine
and journal articles, correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts.
Raymond F. Dasmann was a distinguished biologist whose innovations in the field of conservation biology influenced the environmental
movement of the 1960's and 70's. His early research focused on California deer populations and wild game in Africa, however
his work also dealt with natural resource management and the way human populations interact with their surrounding ecosystems.
He held senior positions in international organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and
UNESCO, where he inaugurated the Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1971. In addition to his work with environmental organizations,
Dasmann was also committed to teaching younger generations about the importance of ecological sustainability. He held teaching
positions at the University of Minnesota and Humboldt State University, and was professor of Environmental Studies at the
University of California Santa Cruz until his retirement in 1989. Dasmann's textbook,
Environmental Conservation, first published in 1959, has become a fundamental text in undergraduate courses and is now in its fifth edition. His other
The Last Horizon (1963),
The Destruction of California (1964),
Planet in Peril (1971), and
The Conservation Alternative (1973).
45.58 Linear Feet
72 half cartons, 2 flat boxes
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