Arlan Lee EDGAR - papers on Opiliones

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Arlan Lee EDGAR

Birthdate: 3 June 1926
Birthplace: Gratiot County, Michigan, USA
Nationality: American
Died: December 22, 2007 in Alma, Michigan.


Dr. Arlan Lee Edgar is remembered for a distinguished career that focused on teaching, research and encouraging students to participate in scholarly activities. Arlan Edgar came to Alma College in 1946 from Ithaca, Michigan. Graduating from Alma in 1949, he joined the faculty of the biology department, and except for a period of military service, he continued that teaching career until his retirement in 1986. He taught at Alma College for 35 years with a two-year break for military service. He began his teaching career at Alma the year after he graduated from the College and retired in 1985. By his own estimates, he taught 900 biology majors. During that time he worked closely with more than 100 students on independent research projects in addition to the thousands of students he taught in biology courses. A strong advocate of student research, Dr. Edgar secured numerous National Science Foundation Undergraduate Participation Grants and helped students publish their findings in regional and national journals. Upon his retirement, the College established the Edgar Biology Endowment for Student Research in the biology department. Through his research and publications he was recognized as a world expert on the arthropod group Opiliones. He was involved for almost 20 years with the University of Michigan Biological Station at Douglas Lake, first as a student and then teaching the natural history of invertebrates. He claimed that his greatest honor came in the form of unsolicited comments from former students acknowledging the positive impact he had on their lives and careers. One of his most popular courses took students to Jamaica during Spring Term studying marine invertebrates and constructing water and sanitary systems for the villages where they stayed. Dr. Edgar was recognized in 1973 with the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Citation for Scholarly Achievement. He was Alma's Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences Division in 1981 and received the College's Barlow Award for Faculty Excellence in 1985. Besides his degree from Alma, Dr. Edgar earned master of arts, master of science and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. He was a member of American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Microscopical Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, North American Benthological Society, and the Midwest Developmental Biology Society. Edgar was a charter member of the American Arachnological Society. In 1968, he served as chair of the Zoology Section of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. He was a past treasurer, secretary, vice president and president of the Central Michigan Club of Sigma Xi. In 1967 as a member of Beta Beta Beta, he was the association editor of the northeast region of Bios, the organization's journal. Edgar was elected secretary of the Ecology Division of the American Society of Zoologists for 1976-78.

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Edgar, Arlan L., 1960. The biology of the order Phalangida in Michigan. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. x + 251 pages.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1961. Mating and oviposition in the phalangid Leiobunum longipes (Arachnoidea: Opiliones). American Zoologist, 1(3): 352.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1962. A new phalangid (Opiliones) from Michigan, Leiobunum lineatum sp. nov. Transactions of the American Microscopical Society, Columbus, Ohio, 81(2): 146–149.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1963a. Biological illustration through the microscope. Turtox News, 41(1): 2–5.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1963b. Opilionid behavior in certain North American species. American Zoologist, 3(4): 500.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1963c. Phalangids in Michigan and surrounding Great Lakes area. American Zoologist, 4(3): 300.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1963d. Proprioception in the legs of phalangids. Biological Bulletin, 124(3): 262–267.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1966. Phalangida of the Great Lakes region. The American Midland Naturalist, Notre Dame, Indiana, 75(2): 347–366.

Edgar, A. L., 1971. Studies on the biology and ecology of Michigan Phalangida (Opiliones). Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 144: 1–64.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1980. Physiological and ecological aspects of the cosmopolitan opilionid, Phalangium opilio. Pp. 170-181 in: Soil biology as related to land use practices. Proc. VII Int. Colloquium Soil Zool., Int. Soc. Soil Sci., Washington, District of Columbia.

Edgar, A. L., 1990. Opiliones (Phalangida). In: Dindal, D.L. [Ed.] Soil biology guide. John Wiley & Sons, New York, Chichester etc. 1990: i-xx, 1–1349. Chapter Pagination: 529–581, illustr.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1991. Harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) in Michigan. Michigan Academician, 24(1): 265–275.

Edgar, Arlan L., 1992. A quantitative study of litter and soil invertebrates utilizing the Berlese funnel. Pp. 73–89 in: Corey A. Goldman, S. Edwards Andrews, P. Lynn Hauta & Robert Ketcham, editors, Proceedings of the 6th Workshop / Conference of the Association for Biological Laboratory Education (ABLE). Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns.

Edgar, Arlan L. & Hansen A. Yuan, 1965. Daily locomotory activity in two phalangid genera, Leiobunum and Phalangium. American Zoologist, 5(4): 647.

Edgar, Arlan L. & Hansen A. Yuan, 1968. Daily locomotory activity in Phalangium opilio and seven species of Leiobunum (Arthropoda: Phalangida). Bios, 39(4): 167–176.


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