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The Ecology Program of the Office of Environmental Sciences was begun in 1965 when a predecessor, the Smithsonian Office of Ecology (SOE) was created. SOE was to help expand research opportunities for Smithsonian scientists and coordinate institutional ecological work with other government agencies. Initially placed under the National Museum of Natural History, SOE was transferred to the Assistant Secretary for Science in 1966. In 1969, SOE became the Ecology Program of the new Office of Environmental Sciences, and in 1973 became an administrative unit of the Office of International and Environmental Programs (OIEP). The Ecology Program was terminated in 1975.
Offices and programs administered by the Ecology Program of OES or its predecessor, the SOE, included the Chesapeake Bay Center for Field Biology (after 1970, the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies), 1965-1969; the Center for Natural Areas, 1972-1974; and the Smithsonian Institution-Peace Corps Environmental Program, 1972-1974.
Staff of the Ecology Program and its predecessor, the SOE, included Helmut Karl Buechner, Assistant Director for Ecology, 1965-1966, Head, 1966-1968, and Senior Scientist, 1969-1971; Irvin Eugene Wallen, Acting Head, 1969; Dale W. Jenkins, Director, 1970-1973; Lee Merriam Talbot, Research Biologist, 1965-1966, Field Representative, Ecology and Conservation, 1966-1967, Deputy Head and International Field Representative, 1968, Resident Ecologist, 1969-1971, and Deputy Director, 1972-1973; and Francis Raymond Fosberg, Special Assistant for Tropical Biology, 1965-1966.
For a further history of the creating unit, refer to the highlighted link "Forms Part of" above.
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Mutukwaokwa (RU 91)
Smithsonian Institution Office of International and Environmental Programs, 1962-1975 (RU 218) AAS4021SA
This record unit consists of files documenting the operation of the Smithsonian Office of Ecology (SOE), 1965-1970, and its successor, the Ecology Program of the Office of Environmental Sciences (OES), 1970-1973. The records include organizational files, 1965-1973; administrative records, 1965-1973, including material on the development of the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies and the Smithsonian Institution-Peace Corps Environmental Program; project files, 1965-1973, including records documenting projects conducted as part of the International Program in Ecology; and files of Lee Merriam Talbot, 1965-1971.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520