Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik Papers, 1969-2007 MS 090



creator Harcombe, Paul
Title: Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik Papers, 1969-2007
Dates: 1969-2007
Abstract: The collection includes the archive from Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik’s ecological research in the Big Thicket National Preserve; academic and university affairs regarding Rice University and the Ecology and Environmental Biology Department, as well as student and faculty records; Paul Harcombe’s personal documents, including his correspondence and his personal notebooks; publications, including articles from the journals of Ecology and Ecological Monographs, the Ecological Society of America and the Journal of Vegetative Science, as well as articles from the Tall Timbers Conference and numerous Texas County Soil Surveys; Paul Harcombe’s class and lecture materials; projects and proposals in which Paul Harcombe was involved; and two rolls of film containing aerial views of the Houston area.
Identification: MS 090
Quantity: 18.5 Cubic Feet
Quantity: (19 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Paul Harcombe received his PhD from Yale University and served as a faculty member at Rice University from 1972 until 2007, when he retired. He was a forest ecologist, specializing in forest communities of the southeastern United States. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America and the International Association for Vegetation Science. Harcombe, Paul. “Dr. Paul A. Harcombe, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University: Biography.” Accessed 11-13-07. http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~harcomb/

Sandi Elsik served as Data and Research Manager in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of Rice University until her retirement in 2007. She worked extensively with Paul Harcombe on the Big Thicket project (BITH).


Scope and Contents

The collection includes the archive from Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik’s ecological research in the Big Thicket National Preserve; academic and university affairs regarding Rice University and the Ecology and Environmental Biology Department, as well as student and faculty records; Paul Harcombe’s personal documents, including his correspondence and his personal notebooks; publications, including articles from the journals of Ecology and Ecological Monographs, the Ecological Society of America and the Journal of Vegetative Science, as well as articles from the Tall Timbers Conference and numerous Texas County Soil Surveys; Paul Harcombe’s class and lecture materials; projects and proposals in which Paul Harcombe was involved; and two rolls of film containing aerial views of the Houston area. The seventh series, Aerial Film Rolls, consists of two 10-inch spindles of film showing aerial views of the Houston area. The Big Thicket Archive contains documentation on the project as well as equipment used, including Sandi Elsik’s field clipboard.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Rice University.


Index Terms

Vegetative Science
United States -- Sabine Pass
Texas -- Wallisville Lake
Marine productivity
Forestry
Forest ecology
Food webs
Food chains
Environmental biology
corrrespondence
Botany
Biomes
Biogeography
Allelopathy
Alaska -- Glacier Bay Region
aerial photographs
photographs
notes
reports
Population ecology
slides (photographs)
Rice Prairie (Houston, Tex.)
Texas -- Chocolate Bayou
Texas -- Big Thicket National Preserve
Texas -- Clear Lake (Galveston County and Harris County)
Texas -- Clear Creek
Texas -- Trinity River
Texas -- Houston
Water corridors
Harcombe, Paul
Harcombe, Paul
Rice University.
Elsik, Sandi

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik papers, 1969-2007, MS 090 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The Paul Harcombe and Sandi Elsik Big Thicket Archive (1 cubic foot) was received 7-12-07. The remainder of the Paul Harcombe Papers (18 cubic feet) was delivered by Warren Preuss on 7-25-07. Sparsely written day planners and calendars were discarded.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: BITH (Big Thicket National Preserve) Archive

Box Folder
1 1 Data entry notes
2 Early update stories. Dates, Edit sequences: No digital copies
3 Miscellaneous diganostic problem prints, solved. Miscellaneous notes from processing data. Scribbles by Sandi Elsik, research and data manager
4 PROC contents and flowcharts
5 Samples of miscellaneous field sheets, filled out; Other field helps: not on CD
6 WR mapping old: 2003 USD; BAD problem, just GPS it
7 BITH archive - CD ROM
8 Introduction(CD)
9 Codes, notes, helps (CD)
10 Fieldwork (CD)
11 Map procedures (CD)
12 NBLDM (CD)
13 NBSAP (CD)
14 TCLDM (CD)
15 TCSAP (CD)
16 Update stories (CD)
17 WRLDM (CD)
18 WRSAP (CD)
19 Big Thicket sapling survey TCSAP04
20 Big Thicket sapling survey WRSAP04
21 Big Thicket sapling survey NBSAP04; folder 1 of 2
22 Big Thicket sapling survey TNBSAP04, folder 2 of 2
23 Big Thicket tree survey NBLDMRT; folder 1 of 5
24 Big Thicket tree survey NBLDMRT; folder 2 of 5
25 Big Thicket tree survey NBLDMRT; folder 3 of 5
26 Big Thicket tree survey NBLDMRT; folder 4 of 5
27 Big Thicket tree survey NBLDMRT; folder 5 of 5
28 Big Thicket tree survey WRLDMRT; folder 1 of 4
Box Folder
2 1 Big Thicket tree survey WRLDMRT; folder 2 of 4
2 Big Thicket tree survey WRLDMRT; folder 3 of 4
3 Big Thicket tree survey WRLDMRT; folder 4 of 4
4 Big Thicket tree survey TCLDMRT; folder 1 of 6
5 Big Thicket tree survey TCLDMRT; folder 2 of 6
6 Big Thicket tree survey TCLDMRT; folder 3 of 6
7 Big Thicket tree survey TCLDMRT; folder 4 of 6
8 Big Thicket tree survey TCLDMRT; folder 5 of 6
9 Big Thicket tree survey TCLDMRT; folder 6 of 6
10 Sandi Elsik's clipboard: maps, species lists, code sheets
11-15 Sandi Elsik's clipboard contents
16 Sandi Elsik's clipboard and original documents



Series II: Department and academic affairs

Scope and Contents note
This series contains department and academic-related materials; Box 4 contains student papers and materials.
Box Folder
3 1 Advising
2 Biology course ideas
3 Biology department affairs
4 Biology seminar
5 Department business
6 Earth Science Institute
7 EEB (Ecology and Environmental Biology) 5-year plan
8 Evolution job
9 Flora of Texas Consortium/Project
10 Graduate admissions
11 Graduate Affairs
12 Graduate Council
13 Graduate general exam
14 Graduate student recruitment
15 Gulf Coast CESU (Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit)
16 Kitchel proposal
17 Lab renovation
18 Marshalls
19 Mellon Foundation
20 Organization for Tropical Studies
21 Plant Biology recruiting
22 Sabbatical
23 Undergraduate research
24 West estate
25 Recommendations 1972-1985
26 Recommendations 1986-1990
27 Recommendations 1991-1992
28 Recommendations 1993-1999
29 Recommendations 2000-2007
Box Folder
4 1 Almaguer, Joyce
2 Bill, Jason
3 Billyeu, Danielle
4 Bruce, Kathy MS
5 Caird, Pam
6 Conant, Patrick
7 Davies, Evan
8 Donahue, Candy
9 Epps, Clint
10 Glitzenstein, Jeff
11 Hall, Rosine
12 Henderson, Georgia
13 Hicks, Sarah
14 Hoffman, Keith
15 Hughes, Colin
16 Jha, Shalene
17 Kaiser, Linda
18 Kimball, Kimere
19 Knox, Bob
20 Lin, Jie
21 Lin, Jie NB
22 Lin, Jie TC
23 Lin, Jie Works
24 Lin, Jie/Hall, Rosine - Light
25 Liu, Changxiang
26 Losieben, Tamar
27 McCulley, Rebecca
28 Mikkelson, Greg
29 Milton, Mikaila
30 Moreno, Nancy
31 Naficy, Cameron
32 Nijjer, Somereet
33 Shaw, Chad
34 Siemann, Evan
35 Stewart, Heather-Michelle
36 Strassman, Joan
37 Streng, Donna
38 Sweeney, Lisa
39 Welch, Paggy
40 Wilde, Megan
41 Winters, Karin
42 Yu, Angel



Series III: Personal

Box Folder
5 1 Correspondence 1988-1990
2 Correspondence 1991-1999
- Assorted notebooks 1996-2006



Series IV: Publications

Box Folder
6 1 EEM (Ecology and Ecological Monographs)
2 EEM Dead; folder 1 of 2
3 EEM Dead; folder 2 of 2
4 EEM Goldberg 81-67
5 EEM Hinds 81-240
6 EEM Limbo - Dead
7 EEM Maguire and Forman 81-131
8 EEM McNaughton 81-268
9 EEM Onuf 81-157
10 EEM Sigal and Nash 81-235
11 EEM White 81-130
12 ESA (Ecological Society of America)
13 ESA Board of Professional Certification
14 ESA Cooper Award
15 ESA Policy and Editor memos
16 ESA Professional Certification
Box Folder
7 1 JVS (Journal of Vegetative Science) accepted articles
2 JVS Editorial Board
3 JVS Japan
4 JVS Miscellaneous
5 JVS Reviewed Articles; folder 1 of 6
6 JVS Reviewed Articles; folder 2 of 6
7 JVS Reviewed Articles; folder 3 of 6
8 JVS Reviewed Articles; folder 4 of 6
9 JVS Reviewed Articles; folder 5 of 6
10 JVS Reviewed Articles; folder 6 of 6
11 JVS in Second Review
12 JVS Revisions
13 JVS in Revision 2+
14 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
15 TT( Tall Timbers ) Conference Graphics
16 TT Manuscripts
17 TT Talk
18 PIPA Talk graphics ( TT Talk )
Box Folder
8 - TX County Soil Survey: Angelina County
- TX County Soil Survey: Atascosa County
- TX County Soil Survey: Austin and Waller County
- TX County Soil Survey: Bee County
- TX County Soil Survey: Big Bend National Park (Brewster County)
- TX County Soil Survey: Bosque County
- TX County Soil Survey: Bowie County
- TX County Soil Survey: Brazoria County
- TX County Soil Survey: Brown and Mills County
- TX County Soil Survey: Callahan County
- TX County Soil Survey: Camp, Franklin, Morris, and Titus County
- TX County Soil Survey: Chambers County
- TX County Soil Survey: Clay County
- TX County Soil Survey: Comal and Hays County
- TX County Soil Survey: Concho County
- TX County Soil Survey: Coryell County
- TX County Soil Survey: Dallas County
- TX County Soil Survey: Denton County
Box Folder
9 - TX County Soil Survey: Dimmit and Zavala County
- TX County Soil Survey: Donley County
- TX County Soil Survey: Frio County
- TX County Soil Survey: Grayson
- TX County Soil Survey: Grimes County
- TX County Soil Survey: Harris County
- TX County Soil Survey: Harris County
- TX County Soil Survey: Harrison County
- TX County Soil Survey: Henderson County
- TX County Soil Survey: Hidalgo County
- TX County Soil Survey: Hunt County
- TX County Soil Survey: Irion County
- TX County Soil Survey: Jackson County
- TX County Soil Survey: Jasper and Newton County
- TX County Soil Survey: Jefferson County
- TX County Soil Survey: Jefferson County
- TX County Soil Survey: Jim Wells County
- TX County Soil Survey: Johnson County
Box Folder
10 - TX County Soil Survey: Kendall County
- TX County Soil Survey: Kerr County
- TX County Soil Survey: Kimble County
- TX County Soil Survey: La Salle County
- TX County Soil Survey: Leon County
- TX County Soil Survey: Limestone County
- TX County Soil Survey: Madison County
- TX County Soil Survey: Montgomery County
- TX County Soil Survey: Montgomery County
- TX County Soil Survey: Nacogdoches County
- TX County Soil Survey: Nolan County
- TX County Soil Survey: Oldham County
- TX County Soil Survey: Palo Pinto County
- TX County Soil Survey: Pecos County
- TX County Soil Survey: Polk and San Jacinto County
- TX County Soil Survey: Potter County
- TX County Soil Survey: Reeves County
- TX County Soil Survey: Refugio County
- TX County Soil Survey: Roberts County
Box Folder
11 - TX County Soil Survey: San Patricio and Arkansas County
- TX County Soil Survey: San Saba County
- TX County Soil Survey: Shackelford County
- TX County Soil Survey: Schleicher County
- TX County Soil Survey: Smith County
- TX County Soil Survey: Stephens County
- TX County Soil Survey: Tarrant County
- TX County Soil Survey: Upshur and Gregg County
- TX County Soil Survey: Val Verde County
- TX County Soil Survey: Van Zandt County
- TX County Soil Survey: Victoria County
- TX County Soil Survey: Washington County
- TX County Soil Survey: Webb County
- TX County Soil Survey: Wharton County
- TX County Soil Survey: Willacy County
- TX County Soil Survey: Williamson County
- TX County Soil Survey: Wise County



Series V: Class/Lecture Materials (note: this series includes class notes/records and resource material for ecology lectures)

Box Folder
12 1 Biology 101 1972-1975
2 BIOL 308a 1972-1973
3 BIOL 308 lab 1973
4 BIOL 547a 1976
5 Biology 547b 1973
6 BIOL 568b 1973
7 BIOL 568b 1974
8 BIOL 568b Spring 1975
9 BIOL 601 1974
10 Biology slides from Philip Harris Biological Ltd.
11 BIOS 336 2001
12 BIOS 336 Spring 2004
13 BIOS 336 Spring 2006
14 Botany Spring 1978
15 Botany 1979
16 Botany 1980
17 Botany 1981
18 Botany 1982/1984
19 Botany Spring 1985
20 Botany 1987
21 Botany 1991
22 Botany 1992
23 Botany Spring 2005
24 BOTLEC (Botany lecture) 2002
25 BOTLEC 2003
26 Brown Botany 1973-1974
27 Course Evaluations
28 Ecolab Introduction 1985- 2002
29 Ecology 1972
30 Ecology 1973
31 Ecology 1975
32 Ecology Fall 1977
33 Ecology Course Fall 1978
34 Ecology Course Fall 1979
35 Ecology Fall 1980
36 Ecology 1981
37 Ecology Fall 1983
38 Ecology Fall 1984
39 Ecology Fall 1985
Box Folder
13 1 Ecology 1986
2 Ecology Fall 1987
3 Ecology 1988
4 Ecology Grades 1989
5 Ecology Fall 1990
6 Ecology 1990 - 2 Communities
7 Ecology 1990 - 3 Ecosystems
8 Ecology Fall 1991
9 Ecology 1992
10 Ecology 1993
11 Ecology 1994
12 Ecology Lab
13 Ecosystem Biology 1974
14 Ecosystem Biology
15 Exams
16 Natural History Database Project
17 Plant Biology Spring 1975
18 Plant Biology Spring 1976
19 Plant Biology Spring 1977
20 Plant Biology 1989
21 Plant Biology lecture notes 1989
22 Student assistants
23 Allelopathy
24 Animal Community Organization: Otters/Keystone SPP/Trophic STR
25 unspecified
26 Biomes - US and World Vegetation
27 Communities I: Plants in Space
28 Communities II: Dist. in Time and Space (Succession)
29 Communities III: Diversity
Box Folder
14 1 Communities IV: Island Biogeography
2 Communities V: Diversity/Stability
3 Consumer Effects on NPP (Net Primary Production)
4 Cougars, Wolves, and Coyotes
5 Decomposition and Detritivory
6 Energy/Efficiency/Net Primary Product Definition and Measurement
7 Energy Flux - Miscellaneous
8 Energy Flux Through Consumer Populations (Net Secondary Production Energetics)
9 Energy - Net Primary Production - Aquatic
10 Food Webs, Food Chains, and Trophic Levels
11 Glacier Bay
12 HSS (Hairston, Smith and Slobodkin) OFAN (Oksanen et al) Regulation
13 Introduction
14 Lake Succession
15 Marine Productivity
16 Marsh Export and Net Secondary Production of Bays
17 Net Primary Production - Terrestrial
18 Nitrogen and Phosphorus
19 Nutrient Recycling
20 Optimal Foraging
21 Ormerod Story; folder 1 of 2
22 Ormerod Story, folder 2 of 2
23 Parasitism and Disease
24 Plant-Animal Interaction: Herbivory
25 Plant Competition
26 Plant Species Diversity



Series VI: Projects/Proposals

Box Folder
15 15 Airport Studies
16 Amsonia
17 Biology Resources Inventory
18 BITH: National Park Service Proposal: "Fire Effects in the Big Thicket National Preserve: Design and Implementation of a Permanent Plot Network for Monitoring"
19 BITH Proposals: NSF ( National Science Foundation) and MAB (Consortium for the Study of Man's Relationship with the Global Environment)
20 BITH: NSF Proposals - BITH RECR 1978,1979, 1982
21 BITH: NSF and MAB Proposal
22 BITH Research Study - Saratoga
23 Kathy Bruce/WCMP (Water Corridors Management Project)
Box Folder
16 1 Callaway, Glenda
2 Chambers County info
3 Chambers County MS
4 Chambers County II MS
5 Chambers County Project
6 Chocolate Bayou Environmental Statement
7 Chocolate Bayou Study
- Clear Creek: Environmental Resources Inventory and Evaluation
- Clear Creek and Clear Lake: Maintenance Dredging
8 Clear Creek/Clear Lake Dredging
9 Clear Creek Flood Control Project
10 Clear Lake Project
11 Federal Proposal: "Testing the scale-dependence of models of resource competition and environmental conditions for forest structure and dynamics"
12 GUCO (Gulf Coast) - I. Investigators Tech Rep 1993-1994
13 GUCO (Gulf Coast) Proposal 1991
14 Gulf Coast Project
15 Houston Botanical Society - Long-Range Planning Committee
16 IAVS (International Association for Vegetation Science) Expenses
17 IAVS (International Association for Vegetation Science) Report; folder 1 of 2
Box Folder
17 1 IAVS (International Association for Vegetation Science) Report; folder 2 of 2
2 Imhoff, Marc
3 Lynn B. Lowrey Arboretum of Rice University
4 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
5 Natural Landmarks Project - Site Info
6 NSF (National Science Foundation) Proposal: "Causes of Local and Regional Vegetative Patterns: The Interplay of History, Resource Competition and Environmental Conditions"
7 NSF Proposal: "Demographic analysis of tree populations and the implications for forest regeneration"
8 NSF Proposal 1975 Moisture Gradient
9 NSF Proposal: Variation in resources and patterns of plants response as long-term determinants of forest composition"
10 Reports, Briefings, Schedules
11 Rice Prairie: Archive
12 Rice Prairie: Biomass
13 Rice Prairie: Detention Pond Lab
14 Rice Prairie: History/Background
15 Rice Prairie: Mapping
16 Rice Prairie: Reports - Vegetation
17 Rockland
18 Sabine Pass Environmental Analysis
19 Strategic Petroleum Reserve: Bryan Mound Salt Dome
20 Texas Coastal Basins
21 Texas Homeport Sites Report
22 Trees of the Rice University Campus
23 Trinity River Survey
24 UHCC (University of Houston Coastal Center) Paper
25 UHCC (University of Houston Coastal Center) Prairies/Forest Prody
Box Folder
18 1 USDA Forest Service Proposal: "The influence of soil moisture stress on plant community distribution on the coastal plain of the southeastern United States"
- Wallisville Lake, TX Post Authorization Change Report Draft
2 WCMP (Water Corridors Management Project): Meetings Fall 1993
3 WCMP (Water Corridors Management Project): Notes
4 WCMP (Water Corridors Management Project): Proposal and AgreementNotes
5 Rice tree map/tree index circa 2000



Series VII: Aerial Film Rolls

Box Folder
19 - Two rolls of film containing aerial views of the Houston area.