Fonds MS-2-790 - Ian McLaren fonds

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Ian McLaren fonds

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  • 1950 - 2010 (Creation)
    McLaren, Ian Alexander

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180 cm of textual records
112 MB of electronic records

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Ian McLaren is a marine biologist and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University. He was born in Montreal and received his BSc (1952) and MSc at McGill University (1955). He spent summers working on an arctic research vessel and studying marine life in Nunavut. After earning his PhD at Yale in 1961, he taught at McGill from 1963-1966 and joined the Department of Biology at Dalhousie in 1967.

McLaren has published over 100 scientific papers, primarily in the discipline of marine biology, as well as a popular book called All the Birds of Nova Scotia. He has served on national academic grant committees and on the boards of regional and national natural history and conservation organizations including the National Science and Engineering Research Council; the Nova Scotia Institute of Science; the Whales and Whaling Advisory Committee, 1977-1980; and the Eminent Panel on Seal Management, 2000-2001. He was a scientific advisor and/or witness to federal and/or provincial review panels of environmental impact statements, including the Hibernia (1985) and the Sable Offshore Energy Project (1997).

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Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Ian A. McLaren in accession (2016-014) in May/June 2016.

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Fonds contains Ian McClaren's personal and professional correspondence, reports and research records as well as minutes, correspondence and reports related to committees or boards on which he served.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Ian McLaren fonds, MS-2-790, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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