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Foreword to the 1925 Pacific Biological Laboratories Catalog

Katharine A. Rodger

in Breaking Through

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247048
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247048.003.0002
Foreword to the 1925 Pacific Biological Laboratories Catalog

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The 1925 Pacific Biological Laboratories catalog that Edward F. Ricketts produced was his first major scientific publication. A twenty-five-page, letter-size volume, it is bound in a dark-brown paper cover, and includes photographs and line drawings of many specimens available from his company, along with information about the size of the specimens, packaging, and cost. The catalog's primary purpose was to advertise, but it was likely the first handbook of some of the common intertidal species of the Monterey Bay area. Though it is far from comprehensive, the catalog evidences Ricketts's growing knowledge about the region and its marine life. Its brief foreword is especially significant, for it features his earliest statements about his work as a collector, and his views on conservation and ecology.

Keywords: Edward F. Ricketts; Pacific Biological Laboratories; catalog; specimens; Monterey Bay; intertidal species; marine life; conservation; ecology

Chapter.  952 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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