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Karl Tage Skogsberg



In 1920, Tage Skogsberg was awarded his doctorate, from the University of Uppsala, Sweden with the completion of a Ph. D. dissertation titled: Studies on Marine Ostracods I. Cypridinids, Halocyprids and Polycopid. That same year, Skogsberg traveled to Hopkins Marine Station, for the purpose of investigating the marine Ostracods of Monterey Bay. Remaining in California, Skogsberg worked for a short time as a scientific assistant for the California Fish and Game Commission (1922), then a research assistant at the University of California, (1923-1925).  In 1925, Tage Skogsberg returned to Stanford as an associate professor in zoology, instructing the marine zoology course offered during the summer quarter (1925-26). The following year, Skogsberg was recruited to join the two resident faculty of Hopkins Marine Station, Walter K Fisher, and Harold Heath.

Working in both the field of oceanography and invertebrate zoology, Tage Skogsberg research was directed at understanding the ecological aspects of the open waters, and the comparative morphology and taxonomy of marine invertebrates. Soon after his recruitment to Hopkins Marine Station, Tage Skogsberg was placed in the position of supervising students whose research projects were of an ecological bent.

In 1929, working in conjunction with the California State Fish and Game Commission, Tage Skogsberg and other faculty members positioned at the Hopkins Marine Station (i.e. Walter K. Fisher, Harold Heath, and George MacGinitie) began a collaborative project known as the Hydrobiological Survey. As described by WK Fisher, the research efforts associated with this program were directed toward understanding: "(1) the hydrography of Monterey Bay; (2) the ecological distribution of the planktonic organisms of this Bay correlated with hydrographical data; (3) life histories and migrational habits of the fishes of this region based upon plankton studies; and (4) deep-water investigations outside of Monterey Bay. The data thus obtained will serve as the basis for ecological studies of seasonal and annual distribution of the plankton of Monterey Bay."

During the first three years of the program the collection of data was limited to the waters close to the Hopkins Marine Station. In 1932, with access to improved boating facilities, the program was extended considerably.  According to Skogsberg: 

"The entire bay was included in our program and particular emphasis was placed on ascertaining the role played by the deep channel in the general hydrographical changes characteristic of the Bay. Seven stations were established. One was on the northern side of the channel; two were on the southern side; the remaining four, in a manner, triangulated the central channel." 

With the inclusion of a large portion of the bay, a particular emphasis was directed toward understanding the role the Monterey Canyon played in the general hydrographical patterns of the Bay.The Hydrobiological Survey ran for almost a decade (1929 to 1937), with those investigators supporting the research provided laboratory space at Hopkins Marine Station. Several scientific publications that resulted from the survey include Bigelow and Leslie (1930), Skogsberg (1936) and Skogsberg and Phelps (1946).


Skogsberg, T. 1946 Hydrography of Monterey Bay, California. Thermal conditions, Pt/II (1934-1937). Amer.Philosoph. Soc. 90:350

Skogsberg, T. 1942 Redescription of three species of the Polychaetous family Polynoidae from California. Proc.Cal.Ac.Sci., v.23 #33:481-502

Skogsberg, T. 1939 New genus and species of marine ostracods from So. Georgia. Proc.Cal.Ac.Sci., v.33 #27:415-425

Skogsberg, T. 1939 Fishes of family Sciaenidae (Croakers) of California. Div.Fish & Game Cal.,Fish Bull. 54

Skogsberg, T. 1936 Hydrography of Monterey Bay, California. Thermal conditions, 1929-33. Trans.Amer.Philosoph.,29

Skogsberg T. Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, California‚ÄĒReport on Hydrographic Work in Monterey Bay in 1933 1934 Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Skogsberg T. Oceanographic work at the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, for the year 1932 1933 Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Skogsberg, T. 1930 Hydrobiological survey of the Hopkins Marine Station. Cal.Fish Game. v.16:1 pp.35-39

Skogsberg, T. and G.F.Vansell 1928 Structure and behavior of the amphipod, Polycheria osborni. Proc.Cal.Acad.Sci. ser.4 v.17:10 pp.267-295

Skogsberg, T. 1928 A commensal polynoid worm from California. Proc.Cal.Acad.Sci. ser. 4. v.17:9 pp253-265

Skogsberg, T. 1928 Studies on marine Ostracods. Pt.2. External morphology of the genus Cythereis with descriptions of twenty-one new species. Cal.Acad.Sci. Occas. Paper.No.15

Skogsberg, T. 1928 Modified water regulators for small tanks. Science, v.67 no.1732

Skogsberg, T. 1925 Preliminary investigation of the purse seine industry of Southern California. California Fish Game Comm. Bull. 9;1

Skogsberg, T. 1920 Studies on Marine Ostracods. Ostracoda 1--2

Skogsberg, T. 1917 A new fresh-water Ostracod. Klungl. Svenska Vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar, Bd.52(15):9-22

Skogsberg, T. 1917 A new fresh-water Ostracod. Ostracoda 1--1

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Karl Jonas Tage Skogsberg 1887-1951