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ESA Oral Histories Project

Since 2012, the Historical Records Committee (HRC) has been collecting oral history information from ecologists and others involved in the Society and its business. Interviews are conducted by knowledgeable volunteers, and the recordings are ultimately curated in the ESA Archives at the University of Georgia. Former ESA officers and award winners have priority at the present time, but others are being interviewed as the opportunity arises.

More than two dozen oral histories have been prepared and are available at the Russell Library at the University of Georgia. The project online description and finding aid at UGA offers access to the recorded interviews and summary outlines.

IntervieweeDate interviewedInterviewerLocationLocation 2Duration (hr:mins)
Robert Paine
2012-07-30Doug SprugelSeattle, WAUniversity of Washington0:50
Larry Bliss
2012-10-09Richard FondaIssaquah, WA1:13
Gordon Orians2013-06-04Doug SprugelSeattle, WAUniversity of Washington1:00
Orie Loucks 2013-08-07Dennis KnightMinneapolis, MNConvention Center, ESA Meeting1:48
Yaffa Grossman2014-08-12Dennis KnightSacramento, CAConvention Center, ESA Meeting0:39
Jean Langenheim2014-08-12Dennis KnightSacramento, CAConvention Center, ESA Meeting1:04
John Hobbie2014-08-13Dennis KnightSacramento, CAConvention Center, ESA Meeting1:02
Patricia Werner2014-08-13Dennis KnightSacramento, CAConvention Center, ESA Meeting0:43
James Brown2014-09-23Eva Dettweiler-RobinsonAlbuquerque, NMUniversity of New Mexico2:05
Scott Collins2014-10-28Eva Dettweiler-RobinsonAlbuquerque, NMUniversity of New Mexico1:05
Art Cooper2015-03-09Tom WentworthRaleigh, NCNorth Carolina State University1:05
George Woodwell2015-05-20Richard HoughtonWoods Hole, MAWoods Hole Research Center0:27
Margaret Davis2015-06-10Jane BeiswengerLaramie, WY0:33:
Terry Chapin2015-07-01Jill JohnstoneFairbanks, AK1:16
Marge Holland2015-08-10Dennis KnightBaltimore, MDConvention Center, ESA Meeting0:56
Hal Mooney2015-08-11Terry ChapinBaltimore, MDConvention Center, ESA Meeting1:13
Simon Levin2015-08-11Dennis KnightBaltimore, MDConvention Center, ESA Meeting1:00
Katherine McCarter2015-08-13Dennis KnightBaltimore, MDConvention Center, ESA Meeting1:09
William Reiners2015-10-20Dennis KnightLaramie, WY2:32
Fran James2015-11-20Thomas MillerTallahassee, FLFlorida State University0:46
Gene Likens2016-03-21Charles CanhamMillbrook, NYCary Inst. of Ecosystem Studies1:29
Robert Peet2016-08-11Sharon KingslandFt. Lauderdale, FLESA Meeting 20161:37
Steward Pickett2017-01-18Sharon KingslandBaltimore, MDJohns Hopkins Univ.1:35
Dennis Knight2017-11-17William ReinersLaramie, WY2:13
Joy Zedler2018-03-31Dennis KnightLaramie, WY1:10
Jerry Franklin2018-12-07Eva StrickerSeattle, WAUniversity of Washington1:42