Biological Drawings from E. Julian Duncan
Professor E. Julian Duncan was born in 1933 on the island of St. Vincent where he received his formal education. He graduated from the University College of the West Indies in 1960 with a B.Sc in Botany and Zoology. He earned his PhD from the St. Andrew University in Scotland in 1963. His doctoral work was on Fungal Genetics and Cytology. He began lecturing at The University of the West Indies in 1963 in the Department of Life Sciences and served for over 35 years.
The biological drawings include the original sketches which were done for the publications:
- Duncan, E. Julian and Lori M. Lee Lum. "A Checklist of the Marine Macroalgae of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago." Caribbean Marine Studies. Vol. 7, 2006 : 1-96.
- Duncan, E. Julian. "Facts of Interest on Some of the Plants Found Growing in Trinidad and Tobago." Trinidad Naturalist Magazine. Vol. 2, No. 7, 1979: 14-22.
The drawings give three-dimensional pictures of the specimens and are important adjunct to herbarium records. The drawings have been arranged into the following categories: Helerokantophyta, Phaeophyceae, Chlorophyta, Rhodophyta, Male Morpho butterfly, Flowering plants, Other Flora.
Macroalgae project: In 1980 a project designed to record the marine macroalgae of Trinidad and Tobago was initiated in the Department of Life Sciences at The University of the West Indies. Students were employed during the period 1980-1982 to assist with the collection of macroalgae from shorelines to depth 5m. Identification of the samples was obtained from Mr. Marshall Greenwell of the National Research Council of Canada. Two students, Melvin Julian and Yola Lewis made Indian ink drawings of the live specimens. During the period 2000-2002, Ms. Lori lee Lum and Professor Duncan verified previously collected data and created the checklist of the marine macroalgae of Trinidad and Tobago.