Fonds AR006 - Alan Austin fonds

Seaweed Inventory Project Victoria Phenology Project Teaching and student material Aquatic ecology projects

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Alan Austin fonds

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  • Multiple media

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CA UVICARCH AR006

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  • 1953 - 1997 (Creation)
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    Austin, Alan

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4.2 m of textual records and other material. -- 25 v.

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(1932-2009)

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Alan Austin was born on August 14, 1932 in Pentre, Rhondda Wales. He was a faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria from 1964-1997. Austin was a phycologist - a specialist in marine and freshwater algal vegetation. He was involved in two major research projects: Victoria Phenology Project, 1964-1986, and the Seaweed Inventory Project (SIP), 1969-1978. The SIP launched a substantial, and very rare, pre-utilization survey of the seaweed along BC coastal waters, and produced detailed vegetation maps previously unavailable. A major proportion of the day to day research was conducted by Robert Adams, Austin's research assistant and colleague. The data from the SIP was used by the BC Commercial Fisheries Branch (later the Ministry of the Environment) to assess the feasibility of commercially harvesting British Columbia's rich marine resources. Alan Austin died in Victoria, BC on September 29, 2009.

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Fonds consists of records related to Alan Austin’s activities as an educator and phycologist, including materials generated through major research projects and student projects, arranged into four series: 1. Seaweed Inventory Project; 2. Victoria Phenology Project; 3. Teaching and student material; and 4. Aquatic ecology projects. The Seaweed Inventory Project (SIP), in particular, is a valuable, detailed record and baseline survey of a substantial part of the coastline of BC, and the vegetation and biota (thus measurable on a global scale) supported at the time of the surveys done in 1972 and 1974. These data stand as a permanent record against which any coastal changes can be compared and measured. The sedentary, attached nature of coastal biota makes it particularly responsive to, and thus a sensitive indicator of changes in their environment. Forces of change include oil spills, toxic spills, runoff from land developments, marina construction, and natural catastrophic events. Series 1 has been arranged into four sub-series: SIP reports; SIP films and photographs; SIP correspondence and field notes; and SIP reference literature.

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Donated by Alan Austin in 1997 and 1998.

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All SIP materials were arranged into Series 1, with sub-series for Series 1-4 in the previous arrangement.

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Access restricted to materials in Series 3 (Files 14.1 and 14.6) until 2029 (FIPPA Sec. 36).

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Includes ca. 6000 photographs, 12 audio cassette tapes, ca. 20 maps , 10 specimens, slides, negatives, films, data sheets, drawings, and graphs

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alan-austin-fonds

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2013-02-05; Updated 2016-03-17 (MP)

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  • English

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