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Big EcologyThe Emergence of Ecosystem Science$
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David Coleman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264755

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264755.001.0001

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How the International Biological Program Swept the Scientific World

How the International Biological Program Swept the Scientific World

(p.15) Chapter Two How the International Biological Program Swept the Scientific World
Big Ecology

David C. Coleman

University of California Press

The International Biological Program (IBP) was the most thriving scientific program of its kind in the 1970s. This success was measured by the number of graduate students and postdoctorals who went on to lead large research groups around the world. Ecologists and environmental scientist in Europe proposed an international program on the environment, which they called the International Biological Programme. The program addressed all aspects of biological productivity in relation to human welfare. It was the wide area of subject matter coverage that enticed the leading British developmental biologist C. H. Waddington to throw his support behind this nascent program. Numerous governmental agencies in Europe provided funding for studies that began from 1963 onward, with Canada and other Commonwealth countries following soon after. The research results from numerous IBP programs and sites are still referred to today.

Keywords:   International Biological Program, postdoctorals, scientist, C. H. Waddington, Canada, Commonwealth

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