The James F. Lynch field notes include catalogues, journals, and species accounts. These field notes detail the collecting
activities of James F. Lynch from 1966-1984.
James Francis Lynch was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1942. After graduating from Harvard College in 1964 with a Bachelor
of Arts in geology, he headed to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a PhD in the same discipline. Two years
later, however, Lynch decided to switch his degree focus to zoology, ultimately earning his PhD from Berkeley in 1974 with
Ontogenetic and geographic variation in the morphology and ecology of the black salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus). Lynch was then hired in 1974 as the first staff scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies, now the
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, in Maryland. Lynch continued to work for the Smithsonian as a researcher for the
next 24 years, eventually producing over 60 scientific publications. His work included more than three decades of extensive
conservation research in Central America and Mexico. After a long battle with cancer, Lynch passed away on March 26, 1998.
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