Dr. Gordon G. Whitney

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#1)  Dr. Gordon G. Whitney

Postby PAwildernessadvocate » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:56 pm

Did you guys know that Dr. Gordon Whitney passed away a few weeks ago? I didn't know that, I just happened to run across his online obituary this afternoon. :(

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/obituar ... 62996.html

Gordon Whitney was the author of one of my personal favorite and most inspirational research papers of all time:

Whitney, G.G.  1990.  The history and status of the hemlock-hardwood forests of the Allegheny Plateau.  Journal of Ecology  78: 443 - 458.

That one solitary paper has always been a real touchstone for me.

He was also the author of the excellent book, “From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain, a History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America, 1500 to the Present."

R.I.P. Dr. Gordon G. Whitney
"There is no better way to save biodiversity than by preserving habitat, and no better habitat, species for species, than wilderness." --Edward O. Wilson
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#2)  Re: Dr. Gordon G. Whitney

Postby Will Blozan » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:07 pm

Bummer... I was fortunate to spend some time with him and hear his talks. Thanks for the notice.

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#3)  Re: Dr. Gordon G. Whitney

Postby Lucas » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:18 pm

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#4)  Re: Dr. Gordon G. Whitney

Postby dbhguru » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:26 pm


I knew Gordon when he worked at Harvard Forest and met with him a couple of times after he moved to Pennsylvania. I am truly sorry to learn of his passing. Gordon was a phenominal researcher. He will be greatly missed. We named a hemlock tree for him in Cook Forest when we last met there. The tree now really takes on special meaning.

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