In SIUC Botany from 1964 to 1985
The text below was taken from an obituary written by Relda E.
Niederhofer and Ronald L. Stuckey (necrology committee, 1997) for
members of the Ohio Academy of Science.
Jacob Verduin was born on November 19, 1913 in Sioux County, IA, on his
parents (Peter and Jennie Verduin) farm near Middleburg. He lived on
the Sioux Rosebud Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota where
his grandparents purchased farm land in 1915. After graduation from
Northwestern Junior College in 1937, Verduin received his B.S. in 1939
and his M.S. in 1941 at Iowa State College, Ames. After three and a
half years in the United States Naval Reserve, he returned to Iowa
State College and earned his Ph.D. in 1947, majoring in botany and
plant physiology, and minoring in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Dr. Verduin then became a part-time instructor at Iowa State College
(teaching botany from 1941 to 1942 and plant physiology 1945 to
1946). He then became a faculty member and head of the Botany
Department at theUniversity of South Dakota (1946-1948). Following this
(1948-1955) he joined as an Associate Professor of hydrobiology at The
Ohio State University working out of the Franz Theodore Stone
Laboratory, Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie. From here he moved to Bowling Green
State University, OH where he became Professor of Biology and Chairman
of the Department of Biology from 1955 to 1964. It was in 1964
that he moved to Carbondale IL accepting a position as Professor of
Botany at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he remained
Dr. Verduin taught general courses in biology, botany, plant
physiology, and ecology, as well as special courses on the polluted
environment, plant-water relationships, and ecological aspects and
energetics of aquatic ecosystems. His major research interests were
photosynthesis, respiration, and diffusion studied under natural
conditions. Specifically, he researched the aquatic community
metabolism in photoplankton of the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, and
the Atchafalaya Basin, as well as western mountain and desert lakes of
the United States. In later years he became interested in the impact of
power plants on the ecosystems of lakes. Dr. Verduin was the recipient
of numerous national grants to support his research efforts: National
Science Foundation (1957-1960; 1967-1970), the Atomic Energy Commission
(1958- 1963; 1959), and the Environmental Protection Agency
(1969-1974). From 1975 to 1977 he had a full-time tour of duty
sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through
its Interagency Personnel Exchange Act. During that time he was Adjunct
Professor of Biology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and
conducted research on Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Flathead Lake, and Lake
Tahoe. He was a consultant to the Department of Health, Education and
Welfare (1951), the Tennessee Valley Authority (1957), and Commonwealth
Edison, Chicago (since 1973).
Dr. Verduin's research career first developed while he was in the
employment of Thomas H. Langlois, Director of the Stone Laboratory.
Here he began to study the rates of photosynthesis and primary
productivity in the phytoplankton, diatom, and filamentous green algae
communities in western Lake Erie. After resigning his faculty position
at the Laboratory and relocating to nearby Bowling Green State
University, Verduin continued his research on plant communities in
western Lake Erie. During those years while at the Stone Laboratory
(1948-1955), Verduin purchased a considerable amount of land on South
Bass Island, which provided him throughout his life a second home,
called "Callous Manor," near the Laboratory at Put-in-Bay. During most
summers he lived there and continued to use the Stone Laboratory as a
base of operation for his physiological and limnological research on
Lake Erie. Nearly one half, approximately 30, of his research papers
pertain to situations in Lake Erie.
Dr. Verduin was an active attendee and presenter at state and national
meetings, and held a membership in the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, American Fisheries Society, American Institute
of Biological Sciences, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography,
Ecological Society of America, International Association of Theoretical
and Applied Limnology, Arizona Academy of Science, the Illinois Academy
of Science, and the local chapter of the United Nations Association. He
was a member of The Ohio Academy of Science, affiliated with the Plant
Sciences Section, was elected a Fellow (1950), and served as its
vice-president (1958). He served on the editorial boards of the
following journals: American Fisheries Society, Ecology, Journal of
Great Lakes Research, Limnology and Oceanography, and The Ohio Journal
of Science. Verduin was elected to an honorary life membership in
the Biology Honorary Society, Beta Beta Beta (1964), and was named
faculty "Man-of-the-Year" at Bowling Green State University, OH (1964),
where he was employed from 1955-1964.
At age 83, Jacob Verduin died at his home on Easter Sunday, March 30,
1997. Funeral services were provided by the Walker Funeral Home
and a service of celebration and thanksgiving was presented at
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Carbondale, where Verduin was a member.
Remembrances of Jacob Verduin's life are in his autobiography, The
Rosebud I Remember (July 1, 1994, Aegina Press). He was preceded in death by his daughter
Charlotte and his wife of 52 years, Bethy Albertha (Anderson) to whom
he was married on 3 July 1942. He is survived by children Lans Verduin,
Jan Verduin, Lesly Verduin, and Beth (Verduin) Heren. Memorial
contributions are to be made to the National Federation of the Blind,
Four Rivers Chapter, 722 Robin Street, Greenville, IL 62248.
Photo from Daily Egyptian November 10, 1965
- Brues, A. M., H. Auerbach, L. D. Marinelli, J. Verduin, and J. G.
Kaplan. 1960. Assessment of fallout hazards. Science 131:230-235.
- Lyman, J., and J. Verduin. 1961. Changes in pH and total CO2 in natural waters. Limnology and Oceanography 6:80-83.
- McMillan, G. L., and J. Verduin. 1953. Photosynthesis of natural
communities dominated by Cladophora glomerata and Ulothrix zonata. Ohio
J. Sci 53:373-377.
- Ragotzkie, R. A., and J. Verduin. 1961. Phytoplankton communities, CO2 and O2 changes. Limnology and Oceanography 6:367-368.
- Saur, J. F. T., and J. Verduin. 1965. Notice from the committee
on apparatus and supplies. Limnology and Oceanography 10:305-306.
- Verduin, J. 1950. Quantum theory and phytoplankton photosynthesis. Science 112:260.
- Verduin, J. 1951a. A comparison of phytoplankton data obtained by
a mobile sampling method with those obtained from a single station.
American Journal of Botany 38:5-11.
- Verduin, J. 1951b. Comparison of spring diatom crops of western Lake Erie in 1949 and 1950. Ecology 32:662-668.
- Verduin, J. 1952a. The calculus and the inoperable expression. Ecology 33:116.
- Verduin, J. 1952b. Limiting Factors. Science 115:23.
- Verduin, J. 1952c. Photosynthesis and growth rates of two diatom communities in western Lake Erie. Ecology 33:163-168.
- Verduin, J. 1952d. The volume-based photosynthetic rates of aquatic plants. American Journal of Botany 39:157-159.
- Verduin, J. 1953a. Baule-Mitscherlich limiting factor equation. Science 117:392.
- Verduin, J. 1953b. A table of photosynthetic rates under optimal,
near-natural conditions. American Journal of Botany 40:675-679.
- Verduin, J. 1953c. The tension concept in aquatic biology. Science 118:254-255.
- Verduin, J. 1954a. Carbon dioxide compensation point in photosynthesis. Science 120:75-76.
- Verduin, J. 1954b. Estimation of the gaseous CO2 concentration in intercellular spaces during photosynthesis. The Ohio Journal of Science 54:353-359.
- Verduin, J. 1954c. Phytoplankton and turbidity in western Lake Erie. Ecology 35:550-561.
- Verduin, J. 1955. Diffusion constant and diffusion coefficient. Science 121:215-216.
- Verduin, J. 1956a. Energy fixation and utilization by natural communities in western Lake Erie. Ecology 37:40-50.
- Verduin, J. 1956b. Primary production in lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 1:85-91.
- Verduin, J. 1957. Daytime variations in phytoplankton photosynthesis. Limnology and Oceanography 2:333-336.
- Verduin, J. 1959a. Photosynthesis by aquatic communities in northwestern Ohio. Ecology 40:377-383.
- Verduin, J. 1959b. Use of an aerated reference sample when measuring dissolved carbon dioxide. Ecology 40:322-323.
- Verduin, J. 1960a. An experiment in biology teaching. The Ohio Journal of Science 60:318-320.
- Verduin, J. 1960b. Phytoplankton communities of western Lake Erie and the CO2 and O2 changes associated with them. Limnology and Oceanography 5:372-380.
- Verduin, J. 1961a. Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity with Basic Counting Equipment. The Ohio Journal of Science 61:1-6.
- Verduin, J. 1961b. Separation rate and neighbor diffusivity. Science 134:837-838.
- Verduin, J. 1963. Radioactivity of suspensoids in aquatic
environments of northwestern Ohio. The Ohio Journal of Science 63:39-43.
- Verduin, J. 1964. Principles of primary productivity: photosynthesis under completely natural conditions. Chemical Processes.
- Verduin, J. 1966. The exclusive "Graduate" course in advanced-degree programs. Science 152:700.
- Verduin, J. 1969a. Critique of research methods involving plastic
bags in aquatic environments. Transactions of the American Fisheries
- Verduin, J. 1969b. Hard clam pumping rates: energy requirement. Science 166:1309-1310.
- Verduin, J. 1969c. Man's influence on Lake Erie. The Ohio Journal Of Science 69:65-69.
- Verduin, J. 1971a. Field Guide to Lakes.
- Verduin, J. 1971b. Phytoplankton energetics in a sewage-treatment lagoon. Ecology 52:626-631.
- Verduin, J. 1972. Caloric content and available energy in plant matter. Ecology 53:982.
- Verduin, J. 1973. Review of: Conservation and Productivity of
Natural Waters. The Proceedings of a Symposium Organized Jointly by the
British Ecological Society and the Zoological Society of London, Held
at The Zoological Society of London on 22 and 23 October, 1970. by R.
W. Edwards; D. J. Garrod. The Quarterly Review of Biology 48:50.
- Verduin, J. 1975. Rate of carbon dioxide transport across
air-water boundaries in lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 20:1052-1053.
- Verduin, J., R. J. Beyers, and H. T. Odum. 1960. Differential
titration with strong acids or bases vs. CO2 water for productivity
studies. Limnology and Oceanography 5:228-230.
- Verduin, J., and Gutknecht, J. 1962. Zn65 Uptake by Ulva lactuca. Limnology and Oceanography 7:270-271.
- Verduin, J., and W. E. Loomis. 1944. Absorption of carbon dioxide by maize. Plant Physiology 19:278-293.
- Verduin, J., E. E. Whitwer, and B. C. Cowell. 1959. Maximal photosynthetic rates in nature. Science 130:268-269.
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