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Ronald Keith O'Dor

dean , research scientist , biology professor

Ronald Keith O'Dor, American dean, biology professor, research scientist. Member Canada Society Zoologists (councillor 1989-1992), Canada Federation Biological Societies, Society Integrative and Comparative Biology, American Society Gravitational and Space Biology, Cephalopod International Advisory council (councillor, president 1988-1991), Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

O'Dor, Ronald Keith was born on September 20, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Claude Marvin O'Dor and Opal LaMoyne (Sears) Mathes.

Education

Associate of Arts, El Camino College, 1965. Bachelor of Arts California, Berkeley, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, University British Columbia, Canada, 1971.

Career

From assistant professor to professor Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, since 1973, chairman department biology, 1997—2000, associate dean Research and Development, 2004—2008. Director Aquatron Laboratory, 1986-1993. Senior scientist Census Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, since 2000.

Summer scientist Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, 1979-1985. Visiting scientist Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, British Columbia, 1980, University Papua New Guinea, Motupore Island, 1989-1991, Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, 1994. Visiting professor University British Columbia, Vancouver, 1986-1987.

Sessional professor Bamfield (British Columbia) Marine Station, 1987. Consultant United Nations, Rome, since 1987. Advisory space stations Canada Space Agency, Ottawa, 1992-1904.

Member management committee Ocean Production Enhancement Network, Halifax, 1993-1995. Member advisory board, Strange Days, Ocen, Sea Studios Foundation, Global Ocean Tracking Network, Halifax, since 2010.

Achievements

  • Achievements include isolation salmon calcitonin. Co-development of acoustic pressure transducer/transmitters and radio-linked tracking systems for monitoring cephalopod bioenergetics in nature. Co-organization of projects in the Azores, South Africa, Australia, and Papua New Guinea to monitor squid, cuttlefish and nautilus, first international cephalopod research conference in Japan, experiment with Aquatic Research Facility Space Shuttle STS-77, 1996.

Works

  • Author, editor: Cephalopod Fishery Biology, 1993, Physiology of Cephalopod Molluscs, 1994, Squid Recruitment Dynamics, 1998, Baseline Report of the Census of Marine Life, 2003. Contributing author Cephalopod Life Cycles, Volunteer I, 1983, Volunteer II, 1987. Contributor articles and reviews to professional journals.

Membership

Member Canada Society Zoologists (councillor 1989-1992), Canada Federation Biological Societies, Society Integrative and Comparative Biology, American Society Gravitational and Space Biology, Cephalopod International Advisory council (councillor, president 1988-1991), Phi Beta Kappa.

Connections

Married Janet Ruth Spiller, December 30, 1967. Children: Matthew Arnold, Stephen Roderick.

father:
Claude Marvin O'Dor Mathes

mother:
Opal LaMoyne (Sears) Mathes

spouse:
Janet Ruth Spiller

children:
Matthew Arnold O'Dor

Stephen Roderick O'Dor