The history of the Iowa Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit is traced from its beginning as a locally sponsored agency in 1932. It became one of the Wildlife Units when the National program was established in 1935. The late J. N. (Ding) Darling, nationally prominent cartoonist, conceived and negotiated the establishing of the Research Unit program. His belief in the soundness of the research unit idea is witnessed by the fact that he helped to finance the Iowa Unit from his personal funds during its first 3 years of existence. The succession of Unit leaders, and their specialties, the increase in facilities, and the early coursework available to wildlife students are indicated. Since 1932, 65 M.S. and 25 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded under the Unit program, and 1030 articles have been published during the 34 years since the Unit was established.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Haugen, Arnold O.
"History of the Iowa Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 73(1), 136-145.
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