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Biological drawings.

Identifier: SC85

Scope and Contents

The drawings include the original sketches which were done for the publications 'A checklist of the marine macroalgae of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago" and "Fact of interest on some of the plants of Trinidad and Tobago." The drawings give a three-dimensional picture of the specimens and are important adjunct to the herbarium records.

Macroalgae project: In 1980 a project designed to record the marine macroalgae of Trinidad and Tobago was initiated in the Dept of Life Sciences at the University of the West Indies. Students were employed during the period 1980-1982 to assist with the collection of macroalgae from shorelines to depth 5m. Identification of the samples was obtained from Mr. Marshall Greenwell of the National Research Council of Canada. Two students, M. C. Julien and Yola Rogers Lewis made Indian ink drawings of the live specimens. Between 2000-2002 Ms. Lori lee Lum and Professor Duncan verified previously collected data and created the checklist of the marine macroalgae of Trinidad and Tobago.


  • Creation: 1980-2006

Biographical / Historical

Professor E. Julian Duncan was born in 1933 on the island of St. Vincent where he received his early formal education. He graduated from the University College of the West Indies in 1960 with a B.Sc in Botany and Zoology. He earned his PhD from the St. Andrew University in Scotland in 1963. His doctoral work was on Fungal Genetics and Cytology. He began lecturing at The University of the West Indies in 1963 as a member of the Faculty of the Department of Life Sciences and served for over 35 years.


2 Linear Feet

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The drawings have been arranged into the following categories: Helerokantophyta, Phaeophyceae, Chlorophyta, Rhodophyta, Male Morpho butterfly, Flowering plants, Other Flora.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials belonged to Professor E. Julian Duncan who donated them to the library.


  • Duncan, E. Julian. "Facts of Interest on Some of the Plants Found Growing in Trinidad and Tobago." Trinidad Naturalist Magazine. Vol. 2, No. 7, 1979: 14-22.
  • Duncan, E. Julian and Lori M. Lee Lum. "A Checklist of the Marine Macroalgae of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago." Caribbean Marine Studies. Vol 7, 2006 : 1-96.
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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
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