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With plans to attend the Fourth Pan-Pacific Scientific Congress at Batavia, Java, and to carry on extensive research work along the northwest coast of Australia, a region never before inspected by a marine zoologist, Professor H. L. Clark of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology yesterday announced the itinerary of a trip on which he departs March 15 and which will keep him away from the University for a period of almost a year.
Is Pioneer Zoologist
Professor Clark has already done pioneer work on the northeastern coast of Australia. In 1913 under the auspices of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he conducted investigations at Torres Strait and discovered some new significant facts concerning the migration of marine animals to the island continent. Last Spring he was appointed a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution and granted an appropriation for the coming trip.
Conducts First Investigation
The territory which he will cover has never previously been examined in regard to its marine life and Professor Clark hopes to obtain important information throwing light on obscure phases of the history of Australia. The knowledge obtained on this trip he intends to incorporate with the results of his previous expedition into a unified work on Australian marine life. He expects to bring back many important additions to the University Museum.
On his way out Professor Clark will stop at Batavia, Java, to act as an official delegate from Harvard to the Pan-Pacific Scientific Congress, a meeting of some 200 representatives from countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean for the purpose of discussing all sorts of medical and agricultural, as well as purely scientific, problems pertinent to the region. This is the fourth of such conferences; it is held under the auspices of the Netherland Indies Science Council and under the patronage of the Dutch Government. Dr. W. L. Moss of the Harvard Medical School, will also represent the University.
Professor Clark's trip will cover about 35,000 miles and will include Honolulu, Japan, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Java, and Australia. He intends to return around February 1, 1930.
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