The collection consists of biologist John B. Buck's papers regarding the 1969 R/V
Alpha Helix New Guinea Expedition, Program C, to study terrestrial and coastal marine bioluminescence in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Includes
correspondence, logistical planning documents, and field reports.
John Bonner Buck (1912-2005) began researching fireflies as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his
postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology, joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology, and
became Head of the Laboratory of Physical Biology at The National Institutes of Health. In 1969 Dr. Buck was Chief Scientist
for the R/V
Alpha Helix New Guinea Expedition (Program C), studying terrestrial and coastal marine bioluminescence, including synchronous flashing
fireflies. The expedition, which gathered an international research group of scientists and suffered several administrative
and financial crises, was funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
0.8 Linear feet
(2 archives boxes)
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