Bikini Scientific Resurvey, 1947 : Ifaluk Atoll field trip, 1953.

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This field book contains notes by Frederick M. Bayer. He was a zoologist and malacologist who came to the Smithsonian in 1947 as a research zoologist specializing in taxonomy, zoogeography, and mineralogy of Octocorallia (soft corals). He joined the Bikini Scientific Resurvey, which was an expedition conducted under the auspices of the Department of the Navy aboard four vessels including the USS Chilton, July - August 1947. The expedition's purpose was collect specimens of marine fauna to determine the effect of atomic bomb tests of the previous year as well as possible long-range effects on animal and plant life in the immediate area of the reefs and tidal zone of the Marshall Islands. The Expedition included approximately sixty scientists and staff from US Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service, US National Museum, and the Atomic Energy Commission as well as other research institutions. The field notes cover dates from July 17, 1947 to November 10, 1953.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 17, 1941

End Date

Nov 10, 1953

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  • Nuclear explosions--Environmental aspect
  • Animals
  • Atomic bomb
  • Mollusks


  • Ifaluk
  • Marshall Islands
  • Bikini Atoll


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 17-117

Collection name

National Museum of Natural History (U. S.), Department of Invertebrate Zoology, curatorial records, 1947, 1953, 1955

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1, folder 1