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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8239
Title: Mildred Stratton Wilson, copepodologist (1909-1973)
Author: David M. Damkaer
Publication Year: 1988
Journal: Journal of Crustacean Biology
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Pages: 131-146

For a short while, some will remember that there were blueberries on Blueberry Road; a few may remember that there were copepods in Blueberry Lake.  Now the berries, the copepods, and even the lake are gone, and the small log house will soon join them in oblivion; they are only minor obstacles to the sprawl of urban Anchorage.  But when the Wilsons found this place in 1947, this was wild Alaska, land of opportunity.  Still, there were strong misgivings!  In every way, it was a long step from the United States National Museum to that log cabin on the Alaskan frontier, an unpromising center for studies of North American Copepoda.  Yet Mildred Wilson found her opportunities, through lens and pen applied vigorously to the virtually unstudied northern copepods.  She well deserved the respect of her colleagues, to the end of her life and beyond.

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