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Lawrence G. Abele Collection

Identifier: MSS 2009-008

Scope and Contents

Journal reprints of scholarly writings by leading marine biologists regarding crustaceans. A very large group of invertebrates, comprising of almost 52,000 described species, crustaceans include various familiar animals, such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles. The majority of them are aquatic, living in either marine or freshwater environments, but a few groups have adapted to life on land, such as terrestrial crabs, terrestrial hermit crabs and woodlice.

The collection includes typescripts of Dr. Abele's Florida State University M.A. Thesis, The marine decapod crustacea of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico (1970), and his University of Miami doctoral dissertation, Comparative Habitat Diversity And Faunal Relationships Between The Pacific And Caribbean Decapod Crustacea Of Panama (1972).

The materials have significant historical value in that it documents research in the field of marine biology during the late 19th and mid to late 20th centuries.


  • Created: 1816-1995
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1960-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to the Florida State University Libraries. All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Lawrence G. Abele, PhD, born 1947, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and currently serves as Provost at Florida State University. Dr. Abele received his B.S. (1968) and M.S. (1970) degrees in Biology from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami (1972).

Dr. Abele began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University in 1973. Prior to being appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Able served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University (1991-1994), and Chairperson of the Department of Biological Science (1983-1991).

In 1985 Dr. Abele received Florida State University's Outstanding Chairman Award and in 1990 the Loretta C. Ellias Teaching Award. The National Academic Advising Association will present the Pacesetter Award to Dr. Abele in October 2009. The Pacesetter Award is presented annually to one administrator who exemplifies a commitment to academic advising and who has proven to be a true advocate for students and advisors.

Dr. Abele's past research interests include classical crustacean systematics, ecology, and biogeography. However, his research interests have grown to include crustacean molecular systematics and evolution.


121 boxes

49.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Method of Acquisition

Given by Dr. Abele in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Mark Gangl, June 2009.

Lawrence G. Abele Collection
Mark Gangl
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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PO Box 3062047
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