Fonds MS-2-778 - Ron O'Dor fonds

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Ron O'Dor fonds

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  • 1965-2019 (Creation)
    O'Dor, Ronald

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12.66 m of textual records and graphic materials

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Ron O’Dor was a Dalhousie professor and biologist widely known for his contributions to cephalod ecology and physiology, which he achieved through innovated interdisciplinary techniques including behaviour and ecology, physiology and innovative telemetry tracking techniques.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he completed his BSc in biochemistry at University of California, Berkley, and his PhD in medical physiology at the University of British Columbia. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge University in England and the Stazione Zoological in Naples, in 1973 he was hired in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. He continued with his work on oceanic squid, developing an active research lab at the university’s Aquatron seawater facility.

O’Dor published frequently in scientific journals and supervised over forty graduate students and numerous honours students. He served as Chair of Biology, Director of the Aquatron facility, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science. In addition, he was a frequent visiting scientist or research fellow at institutes and with research projects around the globe.

In 2001 O'Dor was appointed Senior Scientist with the Census of Marine Life, a ten-year international program to assess and explain the diversity and distribution of ocean life. In 2006 he was the key figure behind the establishment of Dalhousie’s Ocean Tracking Network, which became one of Canada’s National Research Facilities. Other achievements include an honorary degree from Lakehead University (2011), Canadian Geographic's Environmental Scientist of the Year award (2009), and the Discovery Centre's award for Professional of Distinction (2012). He died in 2020.

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Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Ronald O'Dor in four accessions: 2008-030; 2013-052; 2016-020; and 2019-051.

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Fonds contains records created and collected by Ronald O'Dor in the course of his work as a marine biologist based at Dalhousie University, predominantly materials generated by the two major research projects: Census of Marine Life (CoML) and Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). Record types include research data, teaching materials, publications, manuscripts, correspondence, and committee and meeting minutes.

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To enhance accessibility, materials were arranged by the processing archivists into subject-based series. Where possible, file titles were transcribed from the original folders or the record’s proper title.

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  • English

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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], Ron O'Dor fonds, MS-2-778, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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