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Bruce Means Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2018-004

Scope and Contents

Field notes, biological and ecological data, journals, subject files, and audiovisual recordings documenting the research, professional output, and personal life of Bruce Means.


  • created: 1941-1965
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/06/2018

Conditions Governing Access

Access to field notes, personal journals, unpublished articles and unpublished monographs by D. Bruce Means is restricted. These materials may be accessed with written permission from D. Bruce Means.

All other materials are open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply to works in this collection. Re-use or copying beyond Fair Use may require permission from the rights-holder. Please contact for more information.

Biographical Note

Dr. Bruce Means is a research ecologist, author, and consultant. His research includes ecosystems of the southeastern United States, fire ecology, the natural history of South American tepuis, biogeography, conservation, endangered species, and the evolution and natural history of amphibians and reptiles.

Donald Bruce Means was born March 9, 1941, in Los Angeles, California.

Means recieved a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida State University (FSU) in 1968. He earned a Master of Science in Ecology in 1972 and a PhD in Ecology in 1975. He served as a teaching assistant at FSU from 1968-1970, and Adjunct Professor in Biological Science at FSU starting in 1976.

Means's field experience as a research ecologist includes the Florida Panhandle, Southeastern United States, Alaska, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.

His publications include scientific articles, technical reports, and popular articles in National Wildlife, International Wildlife, Natural History, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, Fauna, South American Explorer, and other magazines. His books include two on the ecology of Florida and “Herpetophilia, Love of Creeping, Crawling Things.” He has featured in documentary films for National Geographic Television, BBC Television, and PBS.

Means is Founder and President Emeritus of the Coastal Plains Institute, Tallahassee, Florida.

Sources D. Bruce Means PhD. Coastal Plains Institute. "About Us."


7.00 Linear Feet : paper documents and audiovisual media

32 Reels : 8 mm film reels

22.4 Gigabytes : 3,427 Files, 124 Folders

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Technical Access Requirements

Motion picture content may not be available upon request. For more information on this collection please contact Special Collections & Archives staff at 850-644-3271 or

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bruce Means between July 2018 and November 2019. Deed of Gift for family films executed in 2018.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US