EW Shell's Evolution of the Auburn University Fisheries Program "Genius in the Kingdom of Serendip"

Evolution of the Auburn University Fisheries Program

Meet the Author
Eddie Wayne Shell grew up in Butler County, Alabama. In 1948, he attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) and planned on pursuing a degree in forestry. Switching to fish management, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in the emerging discipline. Following an overseas stint in the Army, Shell earned a PhD in fisheries biology from Cornell University and returned to Auburn in 1959 to begin what would become a 35-year academic career, including 21 years as head of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. For much of this period, he also served as director of the International Center for Agriculture. He retired in 1994.

He passed away in Auburn at the age of 90 on May 14th, 2021. His obituary is included in the book as a postscript.

Gregory N. Whitis

The 2020 edition includes a comment page from the publisher and a fitting epilogue by Gregory N. Whitis. Also included is a complete list of fisheries graduates since the first fisheries course offered in 1948!

As he recounts in meticulous detail how two intrepid researchers, H.S Swingle and E.V Smith, under the discerning gaze of Marion "Facts" Funchess, laid the foundation for fisheries management.

Dr. Shell thoroughly describes the evolution of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and the later development of the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.

Administrative histories, the rapid expansion of facilities, research, instruction, outreach and extension accomplishments, international activities and the development of special relationships throughout the United States and the world.

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Gregory N. Whitis

Swingle Hall in 1975 shortly after it was occupied.