Frederick P. Ide Graduate Scholarships in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Professor Frederick P. Ide

Professor Frederick Palmer Ide, BA 1928, MA 1930, died January 19, 1996 in his 92nd year. Professor Ide was an Instructor, 1930-33; Lecturer, 1933-39; Assistant Professor of Biology, 1939-41; and Assistant Professor of Entomology, 1941-43. His war service was with Transport Canada as an Assistant Meterologist, specifically with that portion of the organization which had the responsibility for war-time transatlantic flights originating in Canada. Professor Ide had pre-war training in meterology and he maintained a lifelong interest in the responses of insects to weather and climate. Professor Ide resumed his university career: Assistant Professor of Etomology, 1945-50; Associate Professor of Zoology, 1950-62; Professor of Zoology, 1962-70; Professor Emeritus 1970-96. Professor Ide received the University of Toronto Sesquicentennial Long Service Honour Award in 1977.

It was through his insect and weather expertise that he was called on to advise on the spraying of forest insects, especially in New Brunswick. Dr. Ide’s greatest interest was in the systematics of aquatic invertebrates and stream ecology. He amassed large databases on the fauna of selected streams in south-central Ontario; these faunal surveys were repeated in recent years and the comparisons, which spanned 30 to 50 years, provided excellent evidence on the adverse biological effects of the continuing acidification of these streams.

Professor Ide had an encyclopaedic knowledge of what organisms were found where in southern and south-central Ontario. Some years ago, a student exited the elevator with a bucket of live clams and passed by the Professor. Dr. Ide barely glanced down and said, “I see you’ve been collecting on the French River.” To the incredulous student he added, with that twinkle in his eye, “They only look like that in the French River.”

Professor Ide retired in 1970 to his house in Washago and complained that his mail went to Wasaga.

A bequest by Professor Ide of his life savings made it possible to endow many awards for graduate students in all aspects of zoological study.