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By Elizabeth Higgins Gladfelter

Collects oral histories of a few of the main fascinating and consultant box investigators to return into their clinical leading within the 1950-90s. The booklet exhibits how kinds, methods, and clinical values replaced over 50 years and captures the adventure of clinical examine within the box.

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I have my background, and they have different ones. They just have an energy. Sure, you see them fumble a little while they are learning. But then, we are not perfect. How many mistakes have I made as a biologist? Lots, I can assure you. You are what you are, I guess. I am scientifically what people around me were. And they were wonderful and, God, do I like that. I revel in them, thinking back to those days. And what about the future of field biology? The future? Oh, there will always be field biologists, but they may be scarce and in much demand.

He felt field experience was a requisite for a doctoral degree in biology. Although I never did research with Len in the field, we did spend a memorable few months at Catalina Island teaching in the UCLA marine biology quarter. After passing my orals at the beginning of my second year, my research went fairly smoothly, although I really had no idea of what I had until I needed to organize it into a three-page summary for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) dissertation fellowship for which I was applying.

While I learned how to do formal scientific research at Stanford, my strength (according to my graduate advisor, Len Muscatine at UCLA) was my field experience and knowledge of organisms. My husband, Bill, whom I had married at the beginning of my sophomore year in college, is especially intrigued with the diversity of life. Taking advantage of the natural marvels of California, we took field trips to the rocky intertidal, to the deserts, to the mountains, to mudflats, to the coastal redwoods, and to the marshes, finding and identifying the animals, plants, and fungi in each.

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