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John Janovy, Biology Papers

Title: John Janovy, Biology Papers

Creator: Janovy, John, 1937-

Dates: 1963-2011

Quantity: 25boxes (25 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-31-10

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: John Janovy, Biology Papers (RG 12-31-10). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


John Janovy was born Dec. 27, 1937. He was educated at Classen High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Diploma, June, 1955, the University of Oklahoma, Norman; B.S. in Math, June, 1959, M.S.(Zoology), June, 1962, Ph.D. (Zoology), June, 1965, and Rutgers, New Brunswick, N.J.; Post - Doctoral, 1965-66.

Janovy started his professional career as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma in 1962-1963. He was also a Special Instructor at the University of Oklahoma in 1965 and a Research Assistant to J.T. Self from 1963-1965. He was then a Post-doctoral trainee at Rutgers University in 1965-1966. His career at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln started in 1966 where he was an Assistant Professor of Zoology from 1966-1971. He then advanced to Associate Professor of Zoology, 1971-1974 and served as Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UNL from 1970-1972. He was made Professor of Biological Sciences in August of 1974 and served in that capacity until 2011. He was Director of the Cedar Point Biological Station from 1979-1986 and again from 1993-1999 and Interim Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum from 1984-1986 and 1994-1996.

A successful writer, Janovy has published many articles, chapters, and books. Some of his more well-known titles are: Outwitting College Professors, On Becoming a Biologist, Teaching in Eden: the Cedar Point lessons, Ten Minute Ecologist: Twenty answered questions for busy people facing environmental issues, Dunwoody Pond: Reflections on the high plains wetlands and the cultivation of naturalists, Vermilion Sea: A naturalist's journey in Baja California, Fields of Friendly Strife, Back in Keith County, Yellowlegs, and Keith County Journal.

Scope and Content:

Janovy's papers document his teaching and writing career and his research seeking to "determine how numbers and distributions of parasites are controlled in nature, with a focus on the evolution of life cycles and the consequent movement of parasitic organisms through ecosystems." Materials include correspondence, teaching materials, manuscripts and publications, artwork, curriculum vitae, news releases, and news clippings.


Janovy, John, 1937-



Natural history -- Great Plains

Natural history -- Nebraska

Great Plains -- Description and travel

University of Nebraska-Lincoln. School of Life Sciences


Natural history -- Nebraska

College teaching

Biology -- Vocational guidance

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