Charles Otis Whitman: His Science, His Special Birds, and the Marine Biological Laboratory


drawing of passenger pigeon

Drawing from Posthumous Works of Charles Otis Whitman

Charles Whitman was a pioneer in the study of animal behavior, and one of his main research interests was the passenger pigeon. He developed the field of ethology, the objective study of animal behavior in natural conditions, and created connections between the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole where he served as president.  The connection continues today with the recent announcement of a renewed affiliation between the two institutions.  Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, this exhibit examines Whitman’s legacy at the University of Chicago and beyond.

This exhibit runs January 6 – March 21, 2014

Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Public Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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