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Collection includes research data, course notebooks, manuscripts, and letters of Dr. Robert H. Whittaker. Projects documented include field work on the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon and California; an effort to obtain measurements of the biomass and productivity of the forest communities along an elevation gradient in the Great Smokey Mountains; with William Niering, a gradient analysis and productivity study of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona; a study with George M. Woodwell at the Brookhaven National Laboratory about the Brookhaven and Hubbard Brook oak-pine forest; and on California vegetation in the San Jacinto Mountains. In 1968, Whittaker accepted a position as Professor of Biology in the Dept. of Ecology and Systematics at Cornell University. While at Cornell, his projects included a study of production, nutrient circulation, and ordination of the vegetable
gradient from the pygmy forest through the Bishop pine forest to the redwoods in Mendocino County, Calif., with Walter Westman; continued work on primary production for the Hubbard Brook forest and the Santa Catalina Mountains; and work on species diversity in Nylsvely, South Africa.