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Leslie Carraway and B. J. Verts Papers, 1954-2011

Biographical Note

Leslie Carraway began her career at OSU in 1979 as an research assistant in the Zoology Department and then transferred to the Fisheries and Wildlife Department a year later, continuing her work. Earning a doctorate in fisheries and wildlife from OSU in 1989, Carraway's research focus has been the study of the taxonomy and ecomorphology of the western shrew. Carraway's most recent research has focused on the study of shrews in Mexico.

B. J. Verts came to OSU in 1965 to serve as a Professor of Wildlife Sciences after working as a mammalogist with the Illinois Natural History Survey for eight years. An active researcher specializing in the study of the ecology and history of Oregon mammals, Verts published 104 scientific papers and three books. Much of this research and publication was done in collaboration with his wife and fellow OSU wildlife sciences professor Leslie Carraway, whom he married in 1979. Upon reaching emeritus status after thirty-two years as a professor at OSU, Verts continued to spend another five years mentoring undergraduates and teaching courses in manuscript preparation. He died in 2011.

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