Ann Haven Morgan; Scientist, Conservationist, Teacher By: laurac541

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Early Life
  • Ann Haven Morgan was born on May 6th, 1882
  • She was christened Anna, but she changed her name to Ann around 1911
  • Her parents were Stanley and Julia Morgan
  • She has two siblings, a sister named Christine and a brother Stanley
  • Grew up on a farm in Connecticut
  • She showed her love for nature early as she played on her family’s farm
  • She was a rebellious and free-minded child
  • She attended Cornell University and Wellesley College
  • Wellesley was an all-girls university with many rules
  • Wellesley was very concerned about being ladylike
  • There were too many rules at Wellesley for Anna and as a result she often broke them
  • She transferred to Cornell University after a year at Wellesley, where she felt like an outcast
  • She got her Bachelor’s Degree in 1906 and her Ph.D. in 1912

Professional Life
  • Ann was a United States Zoologist, Ecologist, and Naturalist
  • Her special subject was botany but she showed great interest in zoology
  • She was especially interested in hibernating animals
  • Research, Conservation and Teaching were all subjects of importance to Morgan
  • During the summers, she taught a course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts on echinoderms (Marine invertebrates like starfish and sea urchins)
  • In the summer, she also worked at the Tropical Research Laboratory in Guyana
  • She was one of the only women to be excepted into the Entomological Society of America
  • She also studied insects and was especially interested in the mayfly
  • She served as a Chair of Zoology from 1914 to 1947
  • Her research included many biological problems including the zoology of water insects, the physiology of hibernating animals, and conservation and ecology
  • She was also a member of the National Committee on Policies in Conservation Education that had annual summer schools for teachers
  • She taught at Mount Holyoke college and inspired many women like Elisabeth Adams
  • She wrote a book called "The Field Book Of Ponds and Steams"
  • Her formal retirement was in 1947
  • She was involved in her work until the end of her life
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The Study of Zoology
  • Zoology is the study of animals
  • Can be viewed as an effort to analyze and classify animals
  • Before the Middle Ages zoology was mostly folklore and descriptions of animals
  • During the 12th century zoology began to evolve as a science
  • Zoology is a branch of science that has many different branches, each one specializing in a different type of animal
Work Cited
Morgan, Ann Haven (1882–1966).” Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 2013. Access Science. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
Ross, Michael Elsohn. Pond Watching with Ann Morgan. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda 2000.
The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. Volume 1. New York: Routledge 2002. Print.