“Strictly for the Birds”: Science, the Military and the Smithsonian's Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1963–1970

@article{Macleod2001StrictlyFT,
  title={“Strictly for the Birds”: Science, the Military and the Smithsonian's Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, 1963–1970},
  author={Roy M. Macleod},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={34},
  pages={315-352}
}
  • R. Macleod
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Political Science
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Between 1963 and 1970, the Smithsonian Institution held a grant from the US Army to observe migratory patterns of pelagic birds in the Central Pacific. For six years, the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) collected a vast amount of data from a quarter of the globe little known to science, and difficult for civilians to access. Its reports were (and remain) of great value to science. In 1969, however, the Program became embroiled in controversy. Some alleged that the Smithsonian… 
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